MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Junior guard Cheyenne Grant broke out her early-season shooting slump in a big way Saturday afternoon, scoring a game-high 25 points in Saint Elizabeth’s 89-47 victory over visiting Yeshiva in non-conference basketball action at St. Joseph’s Hall.
The Screaming Eagles end the first semester with an overall record 3-5 while Yeshiva dipped to 3-8 on the season.
Both teams played at a break-neck pace from the onset and after Yeshiva guard Stephanie Greenberg converted a fast-break layup at 16:20 the Maccabees led 11-10.
The Screaming Eagles answered with a pair of free throws by freshman guard Ashley Pledger and Amerisse Rogers made a steal on the next Yeshiva possession. On the ensuing transition, Grant hit streaking senior Kelly O’Dell for a lay-up and the 14-11 lead.
CSE got ahead by as many as nine points – 22-13 at 13:13 – but Yeshiva rattled off six straight points.
Rogers hit O’Dell on a backdoor layup and the bucket ignited eight straight points of their own to go up 30-19 with 8:11 left in the half.
The Screaming Eagles would finish the first half with 18 steals, led by four swipes from Grant, and held a 47-34 advantage at the intermission.
Pledger, who hit 6-of-10 from the floor, led all scorers with 14 points while Grant added nine markers. Rebecca Yoshor led Yeshiva with nine points and eight boards in the first half.
The Screaming Eagles came flying out of the locker room, posting an 18-3 run in the first seven minutes. The second half lead would grow to as large as 42 points as CSE held Yeshiva to 17.4 percent shooting from the floor while hitting at a 41.9 percent clip of their own.
CSE spread the ball around in the second half as nine different players got in the scoring column. Junior center Subhana Wrights, playing her first season of collegiate basketball, scored the first points of her NCAA career. Wrights tallied six points on the game, each of which ignited a rousing cheer from the fans in St. Joseph’s Hall.
Grant was firing all cylinders for her 25 points, which set a new career mark. Her previous high was 23 pts against Lebanon Valley on Jan. 18, 2012. Grant also added seven steals and five assists yesterday.
As a team, CSE handed out a season-high 24 assists as they set a season high in points and the most under second-year head coach Nicole Degenhardt. At home this season, CSE is averaging 73.4 points.
Pledger added 16 points for her fourth straight game in double figures while backcourtmate came off the bench to tally 14 points and a career-high eight steals.
CSE freshman Sharolin Sanders had a team-high 10 rebounds while O’Dell added nine caroms and four steals. CSE held a commanding 56-39 advantage on the glass.
Yoshor led Yeshiva with 17 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks for her Division 3-leading eighth double-double of the season. Stephanie Greenberg added 10 points and a pair of steals.
Saint Elizabeth is back in action during the second semester with three consecutive home games, beginning with Morrisville State on Jan. 5 at 1 p.m.