Mount women win NEC tourney, 82-61

March 15, 1993|By Special to The Sun

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- In their third Northeast Conferenc championship game in four years yesterday, the Mount St. Mary's women won their first title, beating Marist, 82-61.

Senior Diana Matula scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead the Mountaineers (21-6) past Marist (19-10). For her 43 points and 26 rebounds in the tournament, Matula was named its Most Valuable Player.

"It was a great team victory," said head coach Bill Sheahan. "We just didn't do many things wrong today."

The Mountaineers shot 30-for-63 (.476) from the floor and committed only nine turnovers.

The score was tied at 4 after four minutes of play. The Mount scored seven straight to take an 11-4 lead with 15:14 to play. Marist coach Ken Babineau called timeout after Matula's jump ++ shot off a steal by Beth Jowdy.

The Red Foxes cut the Mount lead to two on a foul-line jumper by Cindy Carroll, but a 7-2 spurt by the Mountaineers brought their lead up to 20-13. Matula had four points in the run.

The Mountaineers were ahead 22-18 with 7:42 to play and scored nine straight to increase their advantage to 31-18. The Mount led at the half, 37-26.

Mount St. Mary's opened the second half by scoring 17 straight, including eight by sophomore Gabika Hlinka off a rebound follow and two three-pointers.

After that, the Mountaineers led by as many as 29, and the closest the Red Foxes came was 23 points, other than the final 82-61 margin.

Hlinka finished the game with a career-high 16 points. Susie Rowlyk had 16 points and nine rebounds. Matula tied a career high with five assists.

Rowlyk was named to the all-tournament team. She was joined (( by Monmouth's Tracy Allocco, Marist's Lori Keys and Charlene Fields and Rita Bernert of Fairleigh Dickinson.

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