Stonehill Turns Back Le Moyne, 65-61

Junior Tori Faieta led the Skyhawks with 18 points and nine rebounds. (PHOTO BY Jan Volk/SportsPix)

Faieta leads Skyhawks to second-straight win with 18 points 

EASTON, Mass. (January 28, 2014) – Stonehill College rounded out the month of January with its fifth win over the last five after a 65-61 decision over Le Moyne College in Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball action at Merkert Gymnasium tonight.

Junior Tori Faieta (Lynn, Mass./Saint Mary's) finished just a rebound shy of her second straight double-double as she led Stonehill with 18 points on 8-of-14 shooting, including 1-for-2 from three-point range and at the free-throw line, a game-high nine rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots and a steal. Classmate Amy Pelletier (Beverly, Mass./Bishop Fenwick) added 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting, including 3-for-5 from beyond the arc, with five assists and three rebounds. Senior Mary Louise Dixon (Wellesley, Mass./Wellesley) rounded out the double-figure scorers for the Skyhawks with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists, while sophomore Paige Marshall (Braintree, Mass./Braintree) chipped in nine points, seven boards (four offensive), two assists and two blocks.

Junior Alex Marple (Covington, Pa./Wellsboro) led Le Moyne with 18 points, aided by 6-of-7 shooting at the free-throw line, with five rebounds. Postgrad Kayla Strohman (Syracuse, N.Y./Christian Brothers Academy) added 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting, including 2-for-3 from three-point range, five rebounds, three assists and three steals, while junior Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) finished with 13 points, five boards, two assists and three steals.

Stonehill finished shooting 43.1-percent (25-for-58) from the field, including 44.4% (12-27) in the second half, connecting on just 6-of-22 (27.3%) of its shots from three-point range while shooting 9-for-12 (75%) at the line. The Skyhawks posted a 37-32 rebounding edge and was 2-for-9 (22.2%) from beyond the arc in the second half. Le Moyne was limited to 38.9% (21-for-54) shooting, including 33.3% (10-33) in the second half, converting 7-of-17 (41.2%) three's and 12-of-16 (75%) free-throw attempts.

Junior Amy Pelletier added 15 points, five assists and three rebounds. (PHOTO BY Emily Reynolds)

Stonehill scored the final four points in the closing 1:21 of the first half, capped by a Dixon three-pointer, to carry a five point (33-28) lead into halftime after leading by as much as eight. Faieta opened the second half with a layup to push the Stonehill lead to seven (35-28) before Le Moyne scored six straight, sparked by a three-point play by Marple, to close back within a point (37-36) after a triple by senior Maddie McKnight (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) three and a half minutes into the frame.

The teams traded baskets before Stonehill reeled off a 9-1 spurt to claim a nine point lead (49-39) after a Pelletier three with 11:39 remaining. Junior Tessa Pucello (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) answered with a three for Le Moyne to start a 7-1 Dolphins run to draw within four (50-46) after a Strohman three with 6:46 to play. Stonehill looked to finally pull away, scoring seven straight to push the lead into double-figures (57-46) for the first time after a Dixon layup with 3:51 left.

Greer drilled a three at the other end and Le Moyne closed the gap to six (58-52) with two Marple free-throws with 2:36 still to play. Stonehill regained an eight point cushion (62-54) with a pair of free-throws by Marshall with 1:38 remaining, but the Dolphins cut the lead to three (62-59) on a three-point play by Strohman. Le Moyne took advantage of a Stonehill turnover to trim the lead to a point (62-61) with 45-seconds left, but couldn't get over the hump. Dixon was fouled and drained both free-throws and then after a missed three for Le Moyne, Faieta sealed it with one of two at the line with nine seconds to go.

After a back and forth opening five and a half minutes, Stonehill opened its second five point lead of the first half (19-14) with a Marshall layup with 10:49 remaining. Le Moyne scored the next seven to reclaim the lead (21-19) after a Marple layup with 8:37 to play. Stonehill answered with ten straight to open its largest lead of the half (29-21) after a Dixon jumper 4:41 before halftime on its way to the five point halftime advantage.

Stonehill (12-5, 9-4 NE-10) now hits the road, where it will play four of its next five games, starting Saturday at The College of Saint Rose at 1:30 p.m. The Skyhawks return to Merkert Gym on Saturday, February 8, to host Saint Michael's College for their Play 4 Kay Game for Breast Cancer Awareness at 1:30 p.m. Le Moyne (10-9, 6-7 NE-10) hosts Franklin Pierce University on Saturday at noon.

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