Hot-shooting Hood sinks St. Mary's in 2nd half

Blazers turn 36-35 edge into 79-61 triumph

State women

December 09, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Five Hood players scored in double figures, and the Blazers shot 50 percent in the second half, as they handed St. Mary's its fifth loss in six games, 79-61, yesterday in women's basketball at Gambrill Gymnasium in Frederick.

Blazers forward Mandy Fischer led all scorers with 17 points. Melissa Kolb (16 points), Rita Willis (15), Kathryn Linehan (14) and Danielle Allen (11) were the other Hood players in double figures.

Hood (3-2) led 36-35 at halftime and 56-50 with 7:54 remaining but dominated the final minutes to pull away and pick up its second straight win.

Linehan scored 11 of her 14 in the second half and Fischer hit two of her four three-pointers midway through the second half, including one that capped an 8-0 run that gave Hood a 52-44 lead with 10:38 remaining.

Kristin Francis scored to cut the Hood lead to six at the 7:54 mark, but the Seahawks got no closer. Fischer responded with another three to build the lead to nine and Linehan hit a layup and two free throws to increase the margin to 12 with four minutes left.

The Blazers hit 10 straight free throws in the final 2:22 to put the finishing touches on the victory.

The Seahawks (1-5), who had 50 rebounds, shot 31 percent for the game and 29 percent in the second half.

Mary Kate Lenz scored 15 for the Seahawks. Katie Greenberg added 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Francis finished with eight points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

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