Kelsey Pendagast (Shelton, Conn.) scored 17 points and pulled down a career-high 19 rebounds as the Albertus Magnus women's basketball team defeated Mount Holyoke 75-65 in non-conference action on Wednesday night.
With the win, the Falcons improve to 3-4 on the year, while the Lyons drop to 1-6 overall.
Tyler Evans (Stamford, Conn.) added 19 points and eight rebounds, while Chelsea Sherrod (Bridgeport, Conn.) pulled down seven rebounds. Alexa Riley (Cromwell, Conn.) tallied eight points, while Olivia Bolden (South Windsor, Conn.) finished the game 8-of-18 from the field for a game-high 21 points to go along with nine rebounds.
The Falcons opened the contest with a 7-0 run thanks to four points from Pendagast before pushing out to a 12-4 lead on an Evans layup. Midway through the first half, the Lyons pulled to within three at 16-13 as Kate Karraker knocked down a three pointer but the Falcons answered with a 13-0 run in a span of 4:08 to take a 29-13 lead.
At the halftime break, the Falcons led 36-20 behind 13 points from Bolden.
Despite being out-scored 45-39 in the second half, the Falcons held on to the victory. Pendagast scored 13 of her 17 points in the second stanza, while she also pulled down 11 boards in the frame.
Albertus shot 35% (28-80) on the night, while Mount Holyoke shot 56.3% (18-32) in the second half after tallying a 29.6% (8-27) effort in the first. The Lyons shot 7-of-14 from behind the arc in the second half.
The Lyons made just four of their 14 attempts from the free-throw line and hit nine of their 36 attempts from behind the arc.
Albertus out-rebounded Mount Holyoke 52-38 on the night.
Amber Legare led her team with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while Karraker added 21 points. Yvonne Dean-Bailey finished with 17 points for the Lyons as well.
The Falcons' largest lead of the contest was 20 points when they led 40-20 less than a minute into the second half. Mount Holyoke battled back to within four at 54-50 with 11 minutes remaining in the contest. A 12-5 run pushed the Falcons' lead back into double-digits to secure the victory.
Albertus returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 6 when the Falcons travel to Purchase for a noon non-conference contest.