Espinosa Scores Game-High 17 Points
MONTCLAIR, NJ – Host #22 Montclair State used a 31-4 run spanning both halves to take control of the contest en route to a 67-49 victory over visiting Washington College at the MSU Holiday Tournament on Saturday evening in non-conference women's basketball action at the Panzer Athletic Center. The Red Hawks improve to 12-0 on the season, while the Shorewomen fall to 6-4.
The Red Hawks raced out to a 13-5 lead in the first 9:06 of the game capping the opening run on a Janitza Aquino layup with 10:54 remaining in the first half. However, the Shorewomen charged back with a 12-0 run in a span of 2:27 capped on a layup by freshman guard Ashley Espinosa (Reading, PA/Governor Mifflin) to take a 17-13 lead with 8:11 to go in the half. Montclair State rallied by going on a 20-3 run in the final eight minutes of the first half to take a 33-20 lead into the locker room. A traditional three-point play by Melissa Tobie gave the Red Hawks a 19-18 lead with 5:54 left in the first half and a Alanna Loyle three-pointer with 1:52 left in the first half gave Montclair State its largest lead of the half at 33-18.
In the second half, the Red Hawks scored 11 the first 12 points of the stanza to take a 44-21 lead with 15:10 left in the ballgame on a layup play by Nicosia Henry. The closest the Shorewomen would come the rest of the game was 18 points on four occasions.
Henry led the hosts with 16 points and a game-high five steals, while Aquino chipped in with 11 points. Tobie and Shalette Brown both had four steals apiece as the Red Hawks had 19 steals in the contest. Tobie rejected three shots to lead all participants. The Red Hawks shot 40% (25-for-63) from the floor, 60% (3-for-5) from three-point range and 70% (14-for-20) from the foul line. Montclair State forced 30 Washington turnovers in the win, leading to 36 points for the hosts.
Espinosa had a game-best 17 points for the Shorewomen, while junior guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) chipped in with 10 points. Sophomore guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, PA/Bayard Rustin) had a career-best three steals for the Shorewomen and freshman guard Dee Maddox (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Collegiate) handed out a contest-best four assists. The team shot 40% (17-for-43) from the floor, 33% (2-for-6) from three-point land and 48% (13-for-27) from the charity stripe. WC outrebounded Montclair State, 40-34.
The Shorewomen will play the loser of the Vassar-Widener contest tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. in the consolation game. Washington has never played Vassar, while they have split six all-time meetings with Widener, the last one coming in 2004-05 with a 77-55 Widener win.