March 6, 2009

Courtesy of Scranton

SCRANTON, Pa.—Sophomore guard Jennifer King (Taylor, Pa./Riverside) came off the bench and scored 13 of her game-high 19 points in the first half to lead The University of Scranton to a 73-42 victory over Keuka College in an NCAA first-round game Friday evening at the Long Center.

The 15th-ranked Lady Royals also received 11 points from sophomore guard Megan Kopecki (Millington, N.J./Watchung Hills Regional) and 10 points and seven rebounds from first-year forward Sarah Gage (Ledgewood, N.J./Roxbury) to move into Saturday’s second-round game against SUNY Cortland, which defeated upstate neighbor St. Lawrence, 71-55, at 7:00 p.m.   The win was the 17th straight for Scranton, now 24-4.

With the loss, Keuka ends its 2008-2009 record with a 17-8 mark.  The Storm, which received 10 points and eight rebounds from sophomore guard Nadia Madmoune (Rome, N.Y./Rome Free) and 10 points from sophomore guard Jessica Fink (New Oxford, Pa./New Oxford), shot only 26.5 percent from the field (13 of 49) and was guilty of 24 turnovers.

King connected on 5 of 9 shots from the field, including 3 of 6 from beyond the 3-point arc, as Scranton took control from the get-go, jumping out to a 36-16 lead by intermission.  The Lady Royal lead was never seriously threatened after halftime.

For the game, the Lady Royals out-rebounded Keuka, 46-28, and connected on 15 of 21 free throw attempts (71.4 percent).

King’s 19-point effort was just two shy of her career-high of 21 in a 90-65 win over Albright at the Long Center on December 16.  She also played a key role in last Saturday’s 71-57 victory over Moravian College in the championship game of the Landmark Conference tournament, scoring 11 of her 12 points in the second half.

Scranton advances to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2007.  The Lady Royals are now 51-26 (.662) all-time in NCAA tournament games, including a 51-25 mark under veteran head coach Mike Strong.

Tomorrow’s game will be carried live by WUSR, 99.5 FM, and over the Internet at scranton.edu/wusr, with Dean Corwin calling all the action.

Newspaper Box Score
SCRANTON 73, KEUKA 42

KEUKA (17-8)
Madmoune, Nadia 2-5 6-8 10; Fink, Jessica 4-8 0-0 10; Schrock, Brittany 2-11 3-4 8; Thurston, Melissa 2-5 0-0 4; Buck, Mindy 1-1 2-2 4; Lincoln, Courtney 1-6 0-0 2; Nortier, Deanna 0-1 2-2 2; Fish, Heather 1-3 0-0 2; Crapp, Joycelynn 0-2 0-0 0; Viggiani, Angela 0-0 0-0 0; Engelbert, Morgan 0-0 0-0 0; Zahn, Nicki 0-6 0-0 0; Augustus, Elena 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 13-49 13-16 42.

SCRANTON (24-4)
Jennifer King 7-13 1-2 19; Megan Kopecki 5-8 0-0 11; Sarah Gage 3-5 4-5 10; Anne Kelley-Kemple 2-3 2-2 6; Brittany Bontemps 1-3 4-4 6; Courtney Roselle 2-5 0-2 4; Ryan Mooney 1-5 0-0 3; Sidney Jaques 1-6 0-0 3; Molly Klusek 1-3 1-2 3; Colleen McLane 1-5 0-0 3; Emily Rainey 1-4 1-2 3; Kelly Tratthen 0-4 2-2 2; Kelly Carman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-64 15-21 73.

Keuka.........................   16   26  -   42
Scranton......................   36   37  -   73

3-point goals--Keuka 3-18 (Fink, Jessica 2-5; Schrock, Brittany 1-8; Lincoln, Courtney 0-2; Fish, Heather 0-1; Zahn, Nicki 0-2), Scranton 8-31 (Jennifer King 4-9; Colleen McLane 1-4; Sidney Jaques 1-6; Megan Kopecki
1-4; Ryan Mooney 1-4; Emily Rainey 0-2; Brittany Bontemps 0-2). Fouled out--Keuka-None, Scranton-None. Rebounds--Keuka 28 (Madmoune, Nadia 8), Scranton 46 (Sarah Gage 7). Assists--Keuka 7 (Fink, Jessica 2; Lincoln, Courtney 2; Madmoune, Nadia 2), Scranton 20 (Ryan Mooney 6). Total fouls--Keuka 19, Scranton 18. Technical fouls--Keuka-None, Scranton-None. A-450