Women's Basketball Fires Past AIC, 82-50


Walsh drained seven three-pointers on her way to a career-high 28 points tonight. (PHOTO BY Bob Blanchard)

Walsh continues hot streak with seven more three-pointers on way to career-high 28 points

EASTON, Mass. (January 3, 2018) – Stonehill College, receiving votes in this week's Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II poll and ranked No. 5 in the D2SIDA East Region poll, shot over 56-percent from the field, while holding American International College under 30-percent, for an 82-50 triumph in Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball action on Paula Sullivan Court at Merkert Gymnasium tonight.

Senior guard Courtney Walsh (Windham, New Hampshire/Central Catholic) buried seven three-pointers for the second-straight game on her way to a career-high 28 points. She made 10-of-12 shots from the floor overall, including 7-of-9 from beyond the arc, to go with three rebounds, three assists and a steal. Classmate Samantha Hyslip (Westford, Massachusetts/Westford Academy) notched her sixth double-double of the season (13th career) with 12 points and a game-high ten rebounds, leading the Skyhawks to a commanding 43-23 advantage on the glass. She made all six free-throw attempts and added a season-best five assists and two blocked shots on the night.

Sophomore Kelsey Shaw (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) contributed 12 points, four rebounds and two steals for Stonehill, while classmate Grace Carter (Arlington, Massachusetts/Arlington) chipped in eight points, three boards, four assists and three steals. Junior Tayler Wornum (Randolph, Massachusetts/Archbishop Williams) pulled down a season-high matching seven boards.

Hyslip posted her sixth double-double of the season for the Skyhawks. (PHOTO BY SportsPix)

Junior Dana Watts (Rochester, New York/Rush-Henrietta) paced AIC with 14 points, four rebounds (three offensive) and two blocked shots. Sophomore Rashana Siders (Waterbury, Connecticut/Holy Cross) was the only other Yellow Jacket in double-figures with 11 points.

Stonehill scored the first 18 points of the game, holding American International without a field goal over the opening eight and a half minutes to stake out a 22-point lead (24-2) with 1:53 remaining in the first quarter. Walsh netted ten points in the opening frame, connecting on her first four shots of the game, including a pair of threes.

Stonehill carried a 20 point lead (26-6) into the second quarter before American International opened the frame with an 11-2 run to cut the gap to nine (28-19) after a three-pointer by freshman Ishanna Brown (Springfield, Massachusetts/Springfield Central) 4:18 in. The Yellow Jackets crept back within four (30-26) on a Siders layup with 2:54 to play in the half, but the Skyhawks scored the final seven points of the half, sparked by a Shaw three-pointer, to regain an 11-point lead (37-26) at the intermission.

Stonehill started the second half strong, using a 21-3 run to open a 29-point cushion (58-29) with 3:27 remaining. Walsh keyed the run with three from long distance, scoring ten points in all, while senior Elizabeth Grip (Shrewsbury, Massachusetts/Shrewsbury) netted six points. The Skyhawks wouldn't be threatened again, taking a 27-point lead (65-38) into the fourth quarter on their way to as much as a 39-point gap (82-43) in the closing minutes.

Stonehill (11-2, 7-1 NE10) is off until next Wednesday, January 10, when it visits The College of Saint Rose for an NE10 matchup at 5:30 p.m. The Skyhawks return to Merkert Gym in two weeks when it hosts Le Moyne College at 5:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at stonehillskyhawks.com. AIC (7-8, 1-6 NE10) visits Saint Michael's College on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.

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