KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 6, 2018) – Mount St. Mary junior Elizabeth Limonta's double-double (14pts, 15rbs) powered the visiting Mount St. Mary Knights to a 69-47 Skyline win over USMMA on Saturday afternoon at the newly-renovated Liebertz Gymnasium. The Knights' victory ended the Mariners' five-game win streak, as Merchant Marine drops to 8-3 overall (4-2 Skyline) with the loss and MSMC moves to 8-5 (5-1 Skyline).
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Sophomore Kaleigh D'Arcy (White Plains, N.Y.) recorded her second double-double of the season, tying for the game-high with 18 points while also bringing down 10 rebounds on the afternoon. 15 of her 18 points came in the second half. Freshman Kiana Vega (El Paso, Texas) registered 13 points and tied for the team-best four assists with senior Gabrielle Salazar (Memphis, Tenn.).
Senior Tichina Carmon (Greenville, N.C.) contributed nine points and six boards as well as three assists, while sophomore Shelby Peters (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) added six points and five rebounds and classmate Taylor Hightower (White Plains, Md.) posted a team-best two blocks with four boards.
Mount St. Mary opened up an 8-6 lead in the first quarter after both teams traded the game's first 12 points. Vega's three-pointer at 5:18 gave USMMA its only lead of the contest, 9-8. The Knights would go on a 6-0 run and led 14-9 thanks in part to holding the Mariners 3:13 without a bucket. The Knights ended the first quarter on a 10-4 run to lead 21-15.
MSMC outscored Merchant Marine, 21-9, in the second and led 42-24 at the halftime break. The Mariners got the deficit down to six in the second, as another trey by Vega cut it to 27-21 at 7:03. The Knights, however, put together a 15-3 run from there into the halftime break.
Merchant Marine started off the third quarter strong with a 6-2 run. D'Arcy posted 11 points and three 3's to get the Mariners within 54-43 after the buzzer sounded to end the quarter.
However, the Mariners would go without a basket for the first six-plus minutes of the fourth quarter, allowing the Knights to cruise on to the 69-47 victory.
Mount St. Mary had three players in double-figures. Senior Jessica Rini tied D'Arcy for the game-high with 18 points, Limonta had 14 and freshman Katie Smith added 12. Limonta also brought down 15 rebounds and registered three blocks to lead all players in those categories and Smith dished out a game-high five assists.
The USMMA women's basketball team is back in action this Monday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. up in Bronxville, N.Y., against Skyline opponent Sarah Lawrence. Live stats and a live video feed of the contest will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Basketball Schedule Page.
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Recap written by John Kelly, Jr.