- Score: Assumption 55, Stonehill 49
- Record: Assumption (6-3, 4-2 NE10), Stonehill (7-2, 4-2 NE10)
- Location: North Easton, Mass. (Merkert Gymnasium)
- The Lead: Assumption led No. 19 Stonehill just 44-42 with 4:30 left in regulation, but the Hounds scored six straight points and then made their free throws late to come away with an impressive 55-49 victory on Wednesday evening on the road.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Assumption jumped out to a 5-0 lead early and led 11-7 on a Temi Falayi (Peabody, Mass. / St. Mary's) layup with 4:10 left in the period. Two minutes later Abby McKanna (Narragansett, R.I. / Narragansett) provided a 14-11 advantage, though Stonehill tied it up 16 apiece by the end of the first.
- The Skyhawks didn't score over the opening 3:30 of the second, while the Hounds added four points for the 20-16 lead. Five straight points gave Stonehill a 21-20 lead with five minutes left in the half, but Assumption scored four of the final six points of the half to take a 24-23 lead at the break.
- The teams traded baskets over the first three minutes of the third, with a jumper by Meghan Cramb (New Boston, N.H. / Bishop Guertin) providing a 31-30 lead. That basket started a 9-0 run over the next 6:30 to put the Hounds in front 39-30 and they finished the period with a 39-32 lead.
- Stonehill scored the first six points of the fourth to close the gap to just 39-38 at 7:23. Nearly a minute later, Brianna Capacchione (Washington Township, N.J. / Washington Township) swished home a triple for the four-point lead and Morgan O'Donnell (Easton, Mass. / Ursuline Academy) added a basket for the six-point advantage midway through the period. The Skyhawks cut it to 44-42 with 4:36 left, but six straight by the Hounds gave them a 50-42 advantage with just 1:30 left. The defense did the rest as they held on for the six-point victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Assumption shot 36.8 percent from the floor and made just 3 of 13 triples, while Stonehill made 37.7 percent of its attempts and was only 3-for-18 from downtown. Both teams had 39 rebounds, while the Hounds committed five less turnovers (20-15) and had more points off turnovers (24-12).
- Senior Jordan Hawkins (Glen Burnie, Md. / Glen Burnie) posted her first career double-double with 11 points and a career-best 12 boards, including six offensive. Falayi added nine points and four rebounds off the bench, while O'Donnell chipped in eight points, three steals and two rebounds. Capacchione supplied eight points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals.
- Gabrielle Reuter led Stonehill with 14 points and five rebounds, while Grace Carter added ten points and five boards but only made 4 of 13 field goal attempts.
- The Hounds return to action on Saturday, Dec. 15 when they host Caldwell at 1:30 p.m. in a non-conference matchup.