YORK, PA (November 12, 2022) – second graders Lucy Alberici came off the bench to finish with a team-high 15 points, but the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s basketball team lost by 66 in Saturday’s second game of the 15th annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, hosted by York College of -58 against the Catholic University of Pennsylvania at Charles Wolf High School.
Senior Danielle Cornetta had 11 points and nine rebounds and junior Elissa Nsenkyire and first graders Leyla Castro Each added nine points for the Ducks, who fell to 1-1.
Keegan Douglas had a game-high 19 points and Carly Mulvaney had 12 for Catholic, who improved to 2-0. The teams split their two all-time meetings.
Alberici made five of her 11 attempts from the floor, including two of her five attempts from behind the arc, while also going 3 for 4 off the line to finish one just short of her career high. The Hazlet, New Jersey native led all players in the first half with 10 points and made three of her four tries from the field. Adding to her offensive firepower, Alberici hit a career-high with eight rebounds.
Hot shooting put the Ducks ahead in the first quarter. Stevens shot 8 of 15 (53.3%) in the first 10 minutes, 60% of them from behind the arc. The Ducks extended their lead to eight after three through the first year Olivia Schubiger and Nsenkyire grabbed a free throw in the last second to send the Ducks seven points clear into the second quarter.
The Ducks maintained their lead through most of the second quarter. The Cardinals ended the first half on a 7-0 run to send the teams into the break with 29 points.
Nsenkyire paired off the line to open the scoring in the third quarter and the teams traded points until a pair of free throws and a three from Alberici gave the Ducks a 45-40 lead into the final quarter.
Douglas struck in the final third with a long jump to open goal, sparking an 11-0 run that turned the tide and put Catholic 51-45 ahead. Cornetta made 1 of 2 from the line to stop the run and the Ducks closed to one after a fast break layup. However, Catholic called a time-out after Cornetta’s basket and quickly responded with a long three, then beat the Ducks 15-8 in the final four minutes to close the window.
The competition marked the college debut for the freshman year Sophia Bikawho converted her only attempt from the ground over seven minutes.
In the numbers
- Stevens finished the game with a lead in field goal percentage, despite both sides scoring 33% on attempts from behind the arc.
- The Ducks ended up with a 41-33 advantage on the boards that included a 16-15 lead on the offensive glass.
- graduate student Amber porret Cornetta matched with nine boards and also blocked two shots.
From the court – head coach Megan Haughey
- “I thought we fought and played a tough game against a talented team. We had too many empty possessions and turnovers and stagnated on offense.
- Women’s basketball concludes the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Sunday afternoon with a non-conference tilt against Moravian.
- It will be the first meeting between the teams in at least 20 years.
- A link for live video will be posted on StevensDucks.com.
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