|UM-Fort Kent||Mercy College|
VALHALLA, N.Y. – Powered by a season-high seven Mavericks scoring in double figures, the Mercy College women’s basketball team earned an impressive 96-39 victory over the University of Maine-Fort Kent on Saturday afternoon at Westchester Community College.
The Mavericks (2-12) snap an eight-game losing streak with the win, while the Bengals (13-5) have lost two of their last three games. The 96 points is a season-high and is the most points scored since February 25, 2014 when Mercy posted 100 points against Post University. The 57-point victory is the largest margin of victory for the Mavericks since a 97-40 triumph over Concordia on February 15, 2001.
Sophomore Cynthia Perez (Middle Village, N.Y./Christ the King) led the way with a game-high 15 points, while junior Latisha Clark (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) recorded 12 points and six rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting. Freshman Caralie Wilson (Gold Coast, Australia/John Paul College) added 12 points and four assists and freshman Holly Sanders (Chicago, Ill./Simeon Career Academy) contributed 11 points, five assists and four rebounds. Sophomore Destinee Hall (Spring Valley, N.Y./Keystone College) netted 11 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Chi-la Bady (Valley Stream, N.Y./Francis Lewis) scored ten points and dished out a game-high seven assists. Junior Casey Sullivan (East Lyme, Conn./Saint Bernard) rounded out seven Mavericks scoring in double figures with ten points and seven rebounds. Junior Monet Keane-Dawes (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) nearly recorded a double-double with eight points and a game-high ten rebounds and freshman Abigail Collier (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) produced seven points and eight rebounds.
Maine-Fort Kent was led by Savana Jankowski who had a team-high 14 points and eight rebounds.
The visitors jumped out to a 5-3 lead at the 7:47 mark of the first quarter and looked to be up to the challenge. However, the Mavericks quickly ended any hope for the Bengals as they followed with a 16-5 run to build a 19-10 lead with 3:35 left in the opening quarter. Maine-Fort Kent cut the deficit to six, 19-13, on an Angel Clark trifecta at the 2:47 mark, but that would be the closest they got for the rest of the game as Mercy ended the quarter on a 13-1 run to take a 32-14 lead into the second quarter.
The Mavericks produced their best defensive quarter of the season in the second quarter, holding the Bengals to just two points in the frame. Jankowski began the period with a layup to make it 32-16 with 9:18 left before halftime. Mercy scored 24 consecutive points in the frame to build a 56-16 lead heading into halftime. The Mavericks held Maine-Fort Kent to just 10.0 percent (1-of-10) shooting in the period and forced nine Bengals turnovers to build a 40-point halftime lead.
Mercy began the second stanza with the first 11 points to increase their advantage to 67-16 with 7:32 left in the third quarter. The Bengals finally broke through at the 6:36 mark on a Tierra Wilkes free throw that ended a 35-0 run over 12 minutes between the second and third quarters. The Mavericks went on to outscore Maine-Fort Kent 29-12 in the quarter to take an 85-28 lead after three quarters of play.
Wilson opened up the fourth quarter with a three and Sanders made a pair of free throws to give Mercy their largest lead of the game, 90-28, with 9:06 left to play. The Mavericks cruised the rest of the way in securing the victory.
Mercy shot a season-best 44.0 percent (33-of-75) from the floor, 41.2 percent (14-of-34) from downtown and 80.0 percent (16-of-20) from the foul line. Maine-Fort Kent shot 23.5 percent (12-of-51) from the floor, 16.7 percent (4-of-24) from beyond the arc and 44.0 percent (11-of-25) from the charity stripe. The Mavericks held a 57-33 edge on the glass, which they turned into a 21-2 advantage in second chance points. Mercy also held a 24-10 edge in points off turnovers after forcing 21 Bengals turnovers.