Women's Basketball Rallies from Early Deficit to Upend Saint Rose
PLEASANTVILLE, NY – The Pace University women's basketball team rallied from a double-digit first half deficit to top the Saint Rose Golden Knights 62-54 in a Northeast-10 Conference matchup on Wednesday evening.
The Setters were led by a balanced scoring effort that saw four players in double figures. Freshman Shanice Allen (Riverhead, NY/Riverhead) led Pace with 13 points. Junior Jeane Drury (Flanders, NJ/Morris Catholic) and freshman Kirsten Dodge (Fabius, NY/Fabius-Pompey) netted career-highs with 12 and 11 respectively. Junior Shanice Maynard (Camden, NJ/Woodrow Wilson) recorded her fourth double-double on the season with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Things looked bleak for the Setters (5-17, 4-12 NE-10) early as Pace fell behind 13-0 and did not score until a Drury jumper with 12:21 remaining in the first half. Trailing 21-7, the Setters went on a 15-1 run during a 3:04 stretch, highlighted by a pair of triples by Drury and capped by an old-fashioned, three-point play by Dodge to knot the game at 22-22 with 6:24 to go in the frame. Saint Rose would recover, however to take a 34-28 lead into intermission.
The Golden Knights opened the second half scoring the first five points of the second stanza to re-establish a double-digit lead at 39-28 with 16:36 to go. Undaunted, Pace came back, scoring 16 of the next 20 points, the last of which came on a three-pointer by junior Margo Hackett (Pawling, NY/Pawling) to make it 44-43 Setters at the 10:59 mark. Pace would hold on to the lead by going 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 1:42 to seal the victory.
The Setters are in action next on Saturday when they head to West Haven, CT for a 3:30 pm Northeast-10 matchup against New Haven.