MADISON, N.J. (February 15, 2022) – First-year Lucy Alberici matched a career high with 16 points to lead the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s basketball team to a 70-40 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham Campus Tuesday in a MAC Freedom matchup at the Ferguson Recreation Center.
Senior Allie Moss added 11 points and sophomore Elissa Nsenkyire added 10 for the Ducks, who moved to 17-5 on the year and to 12-4 in conference play. The Ducks have clinched the #2 seed in the conference tournament and will host a quarterfinal matchup at Canavan Arena on Feb. 23.
Brielle Fedo had 14 points for the Devils, who dropped to 2-18 on the year and to 1-14 in league play. FDU-Florham is locked into the conference tournament play-in game and will take on Delaware Valley on Feb. 21, with only the location left to be determined.
Alberici made 6 of her 11 attempts from the floor and went 4 for 5 from the free throw line to turn in her third career double-digit scoring effort. The Hazlet, New Jersey native also nabbed a career-best three steals and pulled down four rebounds. Her 16-point effort matched her performance against Hunter on Nov. 22.
After the teams were tied through the first quarter, the Ducks broke the game open in the second, outscoring FDU-Florham 23-9 to take a lead into the intermission. Eight Ducks scored during the game-defining quarter with Nsenkyire leading the way with six. Stevens shot over 50% from the floor and a 9-0 run held the Devils scoreless for over five minutes in opening up a 15-point advantage.
Senior Amber Porrett scored a second-chance layup to open scoring in the third quarter and junior Danielle Cornetta followed as the Ducks scored the first points of the frame. Stevens would turn in its most impressive defensive stretch of the contest, forcing FDU-Florham into shooting 3 for 16 from the field, including 0 for 6 from behind the arc. Alberici partnered with junior Kaitlyn Rothwell to score 11 of the Ducks’ 18 points in the frame as Stevens pushed their lead over 20.
For the game, the Ducks held FDU-Florham under 30% shooting (16 for 56), marking the ninth time this season that Stevens held an opponent under 33%.
- Tamah Jones brought FDU-Florham within six at 22-16.
- Senior Keeley Coval fed classmate Jess Broad for a long jumper just 14 seconds later.
- Stevens forced a missed jumper in the paint on the other end of the floor and then Broad fed Coval for a jumper to push the Ducks’ lead to double figures.
Inside the Numbers
- Stevens held a 45-32 edge on the boards. Broad led the way with 10 rebounds and Rothwell added six. Cassidy Miller snagged eight to lead FDU-Florham. Rothwell’s six boards set a career high.
- Moss and Porrett each grabbed two offensive rebounds to help the Ducks gain an 11-6 advantage. Although Stevens had the edge on the offensive glass, FDU-Florham totaled seven second-chance points against just four for the Ducks.
- Broad dished out a game-high six assists.
- The Ducks had a 32-18 edge in points in the paint.
- Forty of the Ducks’ 70 points came from non-starters.
- Cornetta finished with a career-high three blocks.
- Broad finished with a game-high four steals.
- Three of Moss’ four baskets were from behind the arc.
- Sophomore Anika Damera made her only attempt from floor, sinking a three in the final quarter. She is shooting 58% from behind the arc this season.
From the Sidelines – Head Coach Megan Haughey
- “It was a night of great contribution for our entire team. Our ball movement and patience when we needed it on the offensive end got us in the flow against the zone. We hit our assist goal and fought hard for 40 minutes.”
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