Dominant effort leads women’s basketball over FDU-Florham

HOBOKEN, NJ (January 19, 2022) – The Stevens Institute of Technology women’s basketball team kept the Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus at one figure in three of its four quarters en route to a 77-26 win Wednesday in a MAC Freedom matchup at the Canavan Arena.

Senior Allie Moss had 11 points and five rebounds and classmate Jess Broad filled the stats with nine points, eight rebounds and four steals for the Ducks, who took their fifth straight win to 12-2 on the year and 7-1 in league games.

Arian Coleman and Kiley Drezek each had seven points for the Devils, who fell to their fifth straight fall by falling to 1-11 on the year and to 1-7 in MAC Freedom action. The Ducks have won each of the last seven meetings between the programs.

Despite the final score, it was FDU-Florham who came first on a short jumper by Tamyah Jones. The Devils would open a 5-1 lead on a Coleman three before the Ducks took over and ran 11-0 to end the quarter. Senior Vanessa Elliott would bring up Stevens for good with a long three on a feed of senior Amber Porrett, after Elliott extended a Stevens possession with an offensive sign. Porrett finished with five rebounds, two on the offensive glass, while the leading triple was Elliott’s only basket of the game.

The Devils’ Destiny Knight would open the score with an elbow jumper in the second quarter and Jones pulled FDU within three on another short jumper, but the Ducks’ defense tightened after that, leaving the guests with just two points in the last 6: 42 as the Ducks’ attack broke open the game. Porrett accounted for nine of the Ducks points in the determinant and the 19-2 run was interrupted by a Keeley Coval three and a Moss layup just before the buzzer in the second quarter.

The Ducks delivered their most impressive performance in the third quarter, shooting 9 out of 19 from the floor, while the Devils finished 2 to 13 as Stevens defeated FDU 25-5 in that period. Nearly half of the Ducks’ point in the stanza came into play and the team was perfect from the finish (6 for 6). Stevens was also able to turn nine FDU turnovers into nine points, scoring on three consecutive possessions when compiling a 20-point margin.

When the final buzzer sounded, 13 different Ducks scored for the second consecutive game, with eight players scoring at least six.

Before the game, the Ducks held FDU-Florham just 19% (10 for 52) of the field, while controlling the glass by a 63-36 margin. The Ducks’ 63 rebounds were the program’s most since 66 against Kean on December 3, 2013. Seven Ducks snagged at least five boards.

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  • Elliott deftly maintained possession with Stevens, taking a carom from a missed three, preventing the loose ball from going out of bounds.
  • Porrett pulled a double team near the left block and quickly found the Denville, New Jersey native for an open left three.
  • The second chance box was good for three of the Ducks’ 22 second chance points and put Stevens ahead for good.

Inside the numbers

  • Stevens had 28 offensive rebounds his season’s highest.
  • The Ducks gave a total of 19 assists on 26 baskets. Broad finished with a game-high four helpers.
  • Breed and sophomore Anika Damera each blocked a shot.
  • sophomore Ashlynn Barry netted a career-high six points. She joined junior Kaitlyn Rothwell (8) in setting new career heights. First year Mikayla Rutgers matched a career best with six points.
  • sophomore Elissa Nsenkyire drew her third career start.
  • The Ducks finished 20 of 26 off the line. The line’s 20 marks are the most for the schedule since the Ducks sank 26 against Houghton on January 18, 2019. The Ducks were an impressive 13 for 14 in the second half.
  • Stevens didn’t get a fast-break point.
  • Each team had four blocks.

Unsung hero

  • Damera came off the bench to score a game- and career-high 12 points in 13 minutes into the second half. The Sugarland, Texas native was a perfect 6 for 6 off the line.

From the Sidelines – Head Coach Megan Haughey

  • “I thought our defensive intensity and control of the boards allowed us to make some great stops tonight. I thought Kaitlyn Rothewell and Ashlynn Barry came into play and provided a great spark and to see their chemistry on the floor was fun to watch.”
  • Mikayla Rutgers her game continues to grow and I thought her focus on the dirty work, boards and using her height on the defensive side of the floor made us better tonight.”

Next one

  • Women’s basketball returns to Pennsylvania to continue MAC Freedom’s game on Jan. 22 against Lycoming at Williamsport.
  • The Ducks defeated the Warriors 68-35 on December 4 at the Canavan Arena in what is considered the first meeting between the programs.
  • Live stats and video links are available at StevensDucks.com.

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