Bethlehem, PA -- Mariners' senior captain Tamara Kaileh (Kings Park, NY) had a game-high 17 points, and sophomore forward Rebecca Resor (Bay St. Louis, MS) had a team-high nine rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the undefeated Greyhounds of Moravian (8-0, 2-0) bested the United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (4-2, 1-1) by a score of 74-51 Saturday afternoon in Bethlehem, PA.
The Greyhounds were off to the races early, scoring the first ten points of the game; eventually opening up a 25-5 lead.
The Mariners struggled to get their shooting game going, hitting only 26% from the field. Junior forward Kristina Walz (Monona, IA) and Resor each hit a couple of run-stopping shots in the first half, but USMMA couldn't keep Moravian at bay as they poured on the points; opening a 44-19 halftime lead.
The Mariners tried to claw their way back into the game in the second half, but the deficit was too great. Moravian did a nice job of finding the open shooter, notching 15 assists to the Mariners' two.
Despite committing their smallest turnover total of the season (16), Merchant Marine was unable to force turnovers on the defensive end. The Greyhounds capitalized on errors outscoring the Mariners 20-10 on points off turnovers.
Merchant Marine has another tough Landmark Conference opponent lined up on Sunday when they head to the University of Scranton for an afternoon matinee with the Royals.