MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Saint Elizabeth junior shooting guard Cheyenne Grant drained five first-half 3-pointers on her way to a game-high 21 points Sunday afternoon in St. Joseph’s Hall but Keuka countered with a double-double from forward Mariah Mouzon and a trio of triples from Danielle Gravel to score a 71-61 win over the Screaming Eagles in North Eastern Athletic Conference action.
Grant hit on 5-of-9 attempts in the first half, including a perfect 5-for-5 from beyond the arc for 15 first-half points. The Screaming Eagles opened up a nine-point lead on the visiting Storm after freshman forward Chantele Clark made one of two free-throw attempts at 10:48.
CSE (6-8, 4-4 NEAC) maintained a seven-point advantage on the North Division-leading Storm after Grant drained a 3-pointer at 6:57.
Keuka (10-2, 7-1 NEAC) powered to within one point, 21-20, after a pair of free throws by Erica Pendrak but CSE used a quick 7-3 run to open up a five-point lead.
Sharolin Sanders made a jumper at 1:39 to put CSE up 30-25, but Keuka ended the half on a 5-0 run to knot the score 30-30 at the intermission. An old-fashioned three-point play off an offensive rebound putback by Montana McDonald in the final seconds of the half tied the teams.
The teams bounced back and forth at the start of the half. CSE forward Kristene Brady-Downs sank a free-throw line jumper to give her team a four-point lead at 16:46.
Two free throws by Jessica Bandrowski and an offensive rebound putback by Mouzon tied the game once again, 36-all, at 15:59.
One minute later, Gravel – held to just two shots in the first half – found her range with a corner 3-pointer to give Keuka its first lead since the early going. Gravel hit two more triples in the next two minutes and the Storm suddenly had a seven-point lead.
Amerisse Rogers shied off contact to make a layup at 8:49 and then found Clark for a short jumper and CSE was within six points, 52-46.
But Keuka continued to feed Mouzon who’s inside presence led to 14 free throw attempts, 11 of which she made.
The Storm closed out their fourth consecutive NEAC victory at the free-throw line. Keuka was 29-for-39 as a team from the charity stripe, while CSE made 11 of its 21 attempts.
Rogers also found double figures for CSE, scoring 12 points. Senior Kelly O’Dell led all rebounders with 15 caroms to go along with a game-high eight steals. Grant added four steals.
Bandrowski also had a double-double, netting 10 points to go along with 11 boards. She also added six assists and seven steals. Gravel finished with 15 points while Pendrak added 13 points and four assists.
Saint Elizabeth is on the road for five of its next games, starting Wednesday night at Penn State-Berks. The Screaming Eagles return home on Wed., January 30 for a 7 p.m. game with Penn State-Abington. That night a special ceremony the Department of Athletics will unveil a banner bearing the jersey of 1,000-point scorer Sabrina Jarmonlinski, class of 2012.