No. 8 William Paterson pounds Drew
Smith records DIII-leading 15th double-double of season in win
MADISON, N.J. -- Senior All-Americans April Smith and BriAnna Lucas each scored 20 points to lead No. 8 William Paterson (18-1) to an 89-54 victory at Drew on Tuesday night.
Smith added 10 rebounds for her 15th double-double of the season, which is the most in Division III. She added four steals and two blocked shots while connecting on nine of 14 (.643) field-goal attempts. Lucas was 8-for-13 (.615) from the field while collecting three assists and three steals. Sophomore guard Floriana Borova had 12 points and four assists, sophomore guard Kristine Jackiewicz added nine points and sophomore forward Dana Jeter chipped in six points, seven rebounds and three assists.
The Pioneers used outstanding shooting, making 36 of 74 (.486) shots overall and seven of 15 (.467) from three-point range. William Paterson forced twice as many turnovers as it committed (26-13), turning those into a 27-9 edge in points, and out-scored the Rangers 46-16 in the paint while limiting Drew to a 35.2 (19-54) field-goal percentage.
After steadily building a 24-17 lead through the first 11 minutes of the contest, William Paterson engineered a 26-11 run to take a 50-28 lead into the break. That advantage grew to 30 less than five minutes into the second period.
Danielle Barber led the Rangers with 19 points, while Jennifer Mateo and Logan Cavanaugh each tallied 12.