Blistering Start Leads Women’s Basketball Over Arcadia for Seventh Straight Win

HOBOKEN, NJ (January 27, 2022) – The Stevens Institute of Technology women’s basketball team shot over 60% from the floor in the first half en route to a 69-42 victory over Arcadia University Wednesday evening in a MAC Freedom matchup at Canavan Arena.

Senior Allie Moss was 5 for 5 from behind the arc in the first half and finished with a game-high 15 points to lead a balanced offensive attack for the Ducks, who had nine different players score at least three points in the double-digit victory. Moss’ five threes matched a career high.

Senior Jess Broad and classmate Vanessa Elliott also scored in double figures for the Ducks, who won their seventh straight in improving to 14-2 on the year and to 9-1 in conference play. The Ducks’ seven-game winning streak is the second for the program this season.

Maria Tully came off the bench to record a team-high nine points for the Knights, who dropped their fourth straight in falling to 4-13 on the year and to 4-6 in league play. The Ducks have won all three meetings between the programs.

For the third straight game, the Ducks seized control of the game in the opening period, outscoring Arcadia 21-7 over the first 10 minutes in the wire-to-wire victory, marking the third straight game that Stevens held an opponent to single digits in the opening quarter. Elliott had the first points of the game with a short jumper in the paint and Broad sank a pair from the line to give the Ducks an early 4-0 advantage.

After Arcadia got on the board courtesy of a Julia Makowski three-point play, the Ducks caught fire, connecting on seven straight field goals to take a 21-7 lead. first year Lucy Alberic began the game-changing run with a layup coming off a nifty pass by senior Amber Porrett. Porrett finished with three assists. Alberici would then drain a long jumper to push the Ducks’ advantage to five, before senior Danielle Cornetta stripped Tully and drove the length of the floor for an easy layup to force an Arcadia timeout. Cornetta made 4 of her 5 attempts from the floor to finish with eight points.

When play resumed, the Ducks began their barrage from long range, with Elliott and Moss connecting on back-to-back three-point attempts before Arcadia finally scored their second bucket of the game with two minutes remaining in the opening quarter. All totaled, Stevens held the Knights scoreless for over four minutes in building a double-digit lead. The Ducks shot 8 for 13 in the opening quarter, including a perfect 2 for 2 performance from behind the arc.

The second quarter produced similar successes for the Ducks. Moss continued to lead the shooting proficiency, making all three of her long-range attempts, including one from near half court, that beat the shot clock to give Stevens a 37-18 lead. For the game, Stevens finished 8 for 13 (61.5%) on its 3-point attempts in the team’s best performance from behind the arc since shooting 13 for 21 (61.9%) in a victory over The College of New Jersey on Dec. 28, 2019.

The Ducks shared the basketball throughout the contest, finishing with 21 assists on 27 baskets in opening a 17-point halftime lead.

The dominant defensive showing continued in the second half, where the Ducks forced 13 Arcadia turnovers, which the Ducks converted into eight points. Stevens would hold Arcadia to just seven baskets over the final 20 minutes, including just two in the final quarter to secure the victory.

Pivotal Point

  • The Ducks’ went on a 14-0 run over a 2:21 stretch in the first quarter to break open the game.

Inside the Numbers

  • Stevens finished the game 27 for 57 from the floor (47.4%) for the second straight game.
  • The Ducks have held eight opponents under 35% from the floor this season. Stevens leads the MAC Freedom in scoring defense and ranks second in opponents’ field-goal percentage, holding opponents to 49.3 points per game on 32.7% shooting. The Ducks rank 15th in the country in scoring defense.
  • The Ducks won the battle of the boards 37-33. Twelve Ducks grabbed at least one rebound and Broad and senior Meghan Douglas paced the team with five each. Quinlyn Fisher had five rebounds to lead Arcadia.
  • Each team had 13 offensive rebounds and Arcadia held a slim 7-4 advantage in second-chance points.
  • Broad’s 11 points moved the Marlboro, New Jersey native to 965 career points.
  • Moss recorded a game-high four assists.
  • Broad finished with a game- and season-high six steals. She also joined Elliott in blocking two shots.
  • Elliott finished a game high +32.

Unsung Hero

  • Junior Kaitlyn Rothwell came off the bench to shoot 2 for 3 from the floor and 3 for 4 from the line to total seven points. She also dished out one steal and nabbed one steal.

From the Sidelines – Head Coach Megan Haughey

  • “I thought our chemistry and ball sharing tonight was excellent. Having 21 assists from 11 different players is an amazing stat that really demonstrates our ability to make the extra pass and get everyone involved.”

Up Next

  • Women’s basketball returns to the court on Dec. 2 for a pivotal MAC Freedom matchup at DeSales.
  • The Ducks fell to the Bulldogs 71-58 at Canavan Arena on Dec. 8. DeSales leads the all-time series 6-2.
  • Links for live stats and video are available on StevensDucks.com.

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