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Balanced Scoring Attack Propels Mount Saint Vincent Past Yeshiva
12/10/2012 - Holliswood, N.Y. – Juniors Shannon Koch (Kings Park, N.Y.) and Tanisha Montague (Brooklyn, N.Y.) along with freshman Jessica Sepp (Bronx, N.Y.) scored career-highs as the College of Mount Saint Vincent Women's Basketball team beat Yeshiva on Sunday by a score of 95-83. Koch led all Dolphin scorers with 21 points.
Mount Saint Vincent never trailed in the game and led by as many as 21 points before halftime. The Dolphins spread their lead to 14 points after a 15-2 spurt over a three minute stretch early in the opening period. Montague accounted for 11 of the 15 points, connecting on a three-pointer and converting three straight buckets in transition.
The Dolphins' advantage would fall below double-figures only once the remainder of the half, before the Mount used another run to take its largest lead of the day. With 9:20 left before the half, Desiree Rosa(Dumont, N.J.) buried a three-pointer to start a 16-4 spurt that pushed the Mount in front 44-23.
Mount Saint Vincent finished an efficient first half shooting 58.5-percent from the floor and was led by 13 points from Rosa on 5-for-7 shooting overall and 3-for-3 shooting from distance. The Dolphins also scored 20 points in transition before the half and 24 points off of 18 Yeshiva turnovers.
The Dolphins would keep their advantage in double-figures until the late stages of the contest when the Maccabees sliced it to eight points. Yeshiva put together an 11-3 run with under six minutes left in regulation. The Mount would rebound to convert twice in the final 1:27 and held Yeshiva without a point over the final 2:15 to hang on for the victory.
Overall, Mount Saint Vincent shot a season-high 50.6-percent from the floor and knocked in half of its 12 attempts from three-point range. Sunday marked just the second time this season the Dolphins have shot better then 40-percent from the floor.
Koch led all Mount Saint Vincent players with a career-high 21 points on 10-for-15 shooting. 13 of her team-high point total came after halftime on Sunday and she closed the game with three steals and a career-best seven assists.
Montague wrapped up the game 8-for-14 from the floor and handed out seven assists to go along with a career-high seven steals. Sepp closed the day with a career-high 11 points, two blocks and four steals, while Rosa poured in 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting which included four triples.
Arielle and Stephanie Greenberg combined for 56 of the team's 83 points with each totaling a game-high 28 points. Stephanie Greenberg knocked down four three-point field goals and led all players with eight steals.
The Dolphins closed out the game with a 45-22 advantage in points off of turnovers and a 35-12 edge in fast break points. Yeshiva outrebounded the Mount 59-34, including a 30-13 edge on the offensive glass leading to a 33-10 edge in second chance scoring.
Sunday's win snaps a two game slide and improves the Mount's record to 3-4 on the season. Up next for the Dolphins is a trip to New Rochelle on December 13. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m.