Explosive second half sends Stonehill women’s basketball past Saint Rose

skyhawks grab huge win at home

NORTH EASTON, MA –The College of Saint Rose held host Stonehill to 33.3 percent (10-for-30) shooting to jump out to a 33-27 halftime lead, but went cold from the field itself throughout the final 20 minutes that allowed the host Skyhawks to chalk up a 67-54 Northeast-10 Conference win this afternoon.

The Golden Knights (11-9/6-8 NE10) could only convert 27.6 percent (8-for-29) of their field goal attempts in the second half and were outscored 18-6 from the foul line for the game.

Senior guard Taylor Nazon (Chicago, IL/Trinity) tossed in 15 points while senior forward Staci Barrett (Elmont, NY/Long Island Lutheran) and sophomore forwardKarissa Birthwright (Rochester, NY/Odyssey Academy) finished with eight apiece. Junior guard Morgan Sullivan (Burnt Hills, NY/Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake) added seven and sophomore forward Zoe McDonald (Romulus, NY/Romulus) hauled in a career-high nine rebounds.

For Stonehill (9-9/8-6 NE10), junior forward Samantha Hyslip (Westford, MA/Westford Academy) and freshman guard Kelsey Shaw (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) both recorded “double-doubles”. The former had 10 points and 15 rebounds, while Shaw wound up 10 points and like number of caroms. Junior guard Courtney Walsh(Windham, NH/Central Catholic) went 5-for-9 from the arc on the way to a game-high 21 points.

Looking ahead, both squads have road dates Wednesday. Saint Rose travels to Syracuse to take on Upstate Challenge rival Le Moyne at 5:00 pm. Meanwhile, the Skyhawks head to Waltham, MA to face Bentley at 5:30 pm.