Hyslip made 9-of-10 free-throws for a team-high 13 points tonight. (PHOTO BY Barry Gutradt)
Abbonizio scores 26 and Devils outscore Skyhawks 25-11 in the fourth
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (December 28, 2017) – The University of the Sciences of Philadelphia, receiving votes in the most recent Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II poll and ranked No. 6 in the D2SIDA East Region poll, used a fourth quarter surge to claim a 71-56 victory over Stonehill College, receiving votes in the WBCA and D2SIDA Division II polls and No. 4 in the D2SIDA East Region poll, in non-conference women's basketball action at Bobby Morgan Arena tonight.
Senior Sarah Abbonizio (West Chester, Pennsylvania/Episcopal Academy) scored a game-high 26 points to lead USciences on 6-of-12 shooting from the field, including 4-for-6 from three-point distance, while converting 10-of-11 free-throws, adding five rebounds in the contest. Junior Alex Thomas (Hockessin, Delaware/St. Elizabeth) added 19 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals, while sophomore Jordan Vitelli (Warrington, Pennsylvania/Central Bucks South) contributed 13 points, three boards and two assists.
Senior Samantha Hyslip (Westford, Massachusetts/Westford Academy) fell just a rebound shy of a double-double with a team-best 13 points, aided by 9-of-10 shooting from the free-throw line, with a game-high nine rebounds. She has now totaled 946 points in 95 career games, having added 594 career rebounds.
Senior Kelly Martin (Scituate, Massachusetts/Scituate) added eight points, six rebounds and two assists, while junior Maty Diabate (Holden, Massachusetts/Wachusett Regional) chipped in six points and five boards in 16 minutes off the bench.
Stonehill was limited to 30.2-percent shooting (19-for-63) from the field, including 4-for-24 (16.7%) from three-point distance, despite posting a 45-35 rebounding advantage that produced an 18-4 edge in second chance points. USciences connected on 40.7% (22-54) of its shots, including 9-21 (42.9%) from beyond the arc, converting 18-21 (85.7%) free-throws.
Diabate chipped in six points and five rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench. (PHOTO BY Bob Blanchard)
USciences made 7-of-12 shots in the fourth quarter to break open a one-point game (46-45) after three quarters of play, while Stonehill was just 2-for-14 (14.3%). Senior Courtney Walsh (Windham, New Hampshire/Central Catholic) buried a three-pointer and junior Tayler Wornum (Randolph, Massachusetts/Archbishop Williams) added a layup to draw within a point in the final minute of the third after trailing by six.
Wornum pushed Stonehill in front (47-46) in the first minute of the fourth quarter, but Abbonizio drilled a three-pointer to give Sciences the lead back and then Thomas gave the Devils a four point lead (51-47) with 8:19 remaining. USciences scored eight straight to open a ten-point gap (59-49) midway through the quarter after four-straight points from freshman Irisa Ye (Lansdale, Pennsylvania/North Penn). Abbonizio stretched the Devils lead to 11 (64-53) with a three-pointer with four minutes to go and then gave the hosts a 12-point cushion (65-53) by converting one of two free-throws with two minutes remaining.
USciences was able to seal the win and snap Stonehill's nine-game winning streak despite going without a field goal over the final 2:26 by converting 9-of-10 free-throws in the fourth quarter overall, including 6-for-6 in the last two minutes, while the Skyhawks made just 1-of-4 shots from the floor and turned the ball over twice down the stretch.
Stonehill scored 11 of the game's first 13 points to grab a nine-point lead in the opening five minutes of the game. Martin drained a pair of three-pointers during that stretch, while sophomore Grace Carter (Arlington, Massachusetts/Arlington) added a three as well to cap the run. USciences was able to close within three (16-13) by the end of the opening quarter, but the Skyhawks reclaimed a six-point advantage (24-18) after a Diabate layup with 6:50 left in the half. Thomas drained a three-pointer to give Sciences its first lead of the night (25-24) midway through the quarter. Back-to-back Vitelli triples sent the Devils into halftime with the lead (31-28).
Stonehill (9-2, 6-1 NE10) is back in action on Monday, when it rings in the New Year by hosting Roberts Wesleyan College at Merkert Gymnasium on New Year's Day at 1 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at stonehillskyhawks.com. USciences (10-2, 2-1 CACC) visits Wilmington (Del.) University for a CACC matchup on Saturday at 1 p.m.
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