SCRANTON, Pa. - Junior forward Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) led the way, scoring 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the floor, as The University of Scranton women's basketball team used their best shooting night in the history of the program (66 percent) to roll past visiting York (Pa.), 89-46, on Monday night inside the John Long Center.
With the win, the eighth-ranked Lady Royals moved to 7-0 on the 2018-19 season, capturing their 39th straight non-conference regular season game, a streak that dates back to Dec. of 2014. York fell to 5-5 on the year with the defeat.
In the victory, Scranton quickly distanced themselves from the visiting Spartans, taking a 17-4 lead with 4:14 to go in the first quarter. While York eventually cut the Lady Royals lead to 19-10 at the end of the period, Scranton essentially put the Spartans away for good in the second period.
There, the Lady Royals opened the quarter on a staggering 15-0 run to go up 34-10 on York with 5:18 to go in the first half. From there, the Lady Royals went on to extend the lead out even further as the quarter went on, as they took a 41-12 edge with 3:32 to go in the second quarter.
The 29-point deficit proved to be too much for the Spartans to come back from the rest of the night, as the Lady Royals went into intermission up, 42-18. The second half saw Scranton coast, as the 43-point victory is the biggest of the year to date for Scranton, and the team's largest margin of victory in a game since knocking off Goucher, 72-24, at the end of last season.
Overall in the win, Mason once again led the way with her 23-point evening in which her only missed shot from the floor was a three-point attempt. It marked the sixth time in seven games that Mason hit double-figures in the scoring column for Scranton, as the 23-point effort fell a point short of matching a career-high (24 points vs. Wilkes earlier this season). Mason also dished out five assists in the victory, as well.
The hot shooting night for Mason led a historic night for the Lady Royals from the floor, as they shot at a 66 percent clip on the evening (33-of-50) to set a new standard in the category in program history. The 66 percent night bested the previous high mark of 65 percent (39-of-60) which was set in a game at FDU-Madison on Feb. 13, 1991.
Elsewhere on the evening for Scranton, junior Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./Saint Francis Prep) and freshman Emily Shurina (East Meadow, N.Y./East Meadow) added 13 points, apiece, with Shurina's performance coming from the Lady Royals bench. Recupero, who shot 5-of-6 from the floor, also pulled down seven rebounds and had three assists, while Shurina went 3-of-4 from the floor.
Rounding out the double-digit scorers on the night for Scranton was sophomore Taylor Rodriguez (Wayne, N.J./Wayne Hills)who also came off the bench to score 13 points, nailing four three-pointers in the win.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, as the program hosts the Hilton Scranton Poinsettia Classic inside the Long Center. On Saturday, the Lady Royals will take on Ithaca, with tip-off set for 4 p.m.
For a full schedule on the weekend for the Hilton Scranton Poinsettia Classic, click here.