Scranton A "Royal" Pain To Washington, 79-49

Scranton A "Royal" Pain To Washington, 79-49

Hubley Scores Career-Best 20 Points; Mitchell Named To All-Tournament Team

Gwynedd Valley, Pa. – Scranton's Sarah Payonk had game-highs of 26 points and 13 rebounds and Meredith Mesaris added 21 points and 10 boards to each record a double-double as the Royals downed Washington College, 79-49, in the consolation game of the 2013 Gwynedd Mercy Tip-Off Tournament in a non-conference women's basketball game at the Griffin Complex.  The Royals improve to 1-1 overall, while the Shorewomen drop to 0-2.

The Royals and the Shorewomen were tied 8-8 with 14:30 to go in the first half following a layup by senior forward Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) before Scranton, who reached the NCAA Tournament last season, went on an 11-0 run to take a 19-8 lead with 9:19 remaining in the first half on a Stephanie Keyes three-point bucket and would never trail again.  The Shorewomen mounted an 8-0 run to trim the lead to 19-16 with 6:02 remaining on a layup by senior guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), but could draw no closer.  Leading 24-18 with 4:21 left in the opening half, Scranton outscored WC 18-7 the rest of the half to take a 42-25 lead into halftime.  Mesaris capped the run with a pair of free throws with 15 ticks left in the first.

In the second half, the Shorewomen scored 10 of the first 15 points of the stanza to cut the Royals' lead to 47-35 with 14:39 left in the contest on a triple by junior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin).  Scranton would then pull away by outscoring Washington the rest of the way by a 32-14 count.  The Royals would lead by as many as 31 points on a three by Jenna Pasquale in the final minute at 79-48.

Alicia Noelle and Alison Sweeney both added 10 points for Scranton to give the Royals four players in double figures in points.  Noelle had a game-high five steals and a team-best four assists.  Payonk added three steals and a team-high two blocks for Scranton.  The Royals shot 33% from the floor (25-for-76), 17% from three-point range (4-for-24) and 74% from the foul line (25-for-34).  The Royals had 10 steals and forced 26 Washington turnovers, while committing just seven themselves.  Scranton also held a slim 45-44 advantage on the glass.

Hubley had a career-best 20 points for the Shorewomen, while Mitchell had 10 points and game-best five assists for Washington.  Freshman center Nina Haller (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) had a game-best three blocks.  The Shorewomen shot 32% from the floor (16-for-50), 17% from three-point land (2-for-12) and 60% from the free throw stripe (15-for-25).

Mitchell was named to the all-tournament team as she averaged a team-high 12 points per game in the two games for Washington this weekend.

The Shorewomen will open up their Centennial Conference and home slate next Saturday at 2:00 p.m. versus visiting Muhlenberg at the Cain Athletic Center.