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NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Basketball team rolled to its sixth straight victory on Saturday afternoon following a 79-44 home win against Sarah Lawrence. Morina Bojka led all players with 25 points in the victory.
Saturday’s win improves Mount Saint Mary to 18-3 overall on the season and 16-1 in Skyline Conference play, while Sarah Lawrence slips to 7-14 overall and 5-13 in conference play.
Mount Saint Mary scored the first 10 points of the contest, including four tallies each from Bojka and Katie Smith over the first 2:54 of the contest.
Sarah Lawrence got a triple from Kumi Tamura and a bucket from Kimiko Katzaroff to cut the deficit to 10-5, but that would be as close as the Gryphons would get the rest of the way.
The Knights scored the next six points to open a 16-5 advantage keyed by a pair of buckets in transition from Asia Rivera.
Mount Saint Mary spread its lead to 28-11 on another Bojka conversion with 1:22 left in the opening period as the Mount took a 28-13 advantage into the second stanza.
The Knights scored the first eight points of the second period to surge in front 36-13 on a Lauren Desrats three-pointer with 7:05 left before halftime.
The largest lead of the half came on a Shannon Phelan bucket that put the Mount in front 43-17 with just under four minutes left in the quarter.
The Knights converted just one more field goal in the period, a lay-in from Kate Hughes with 2:12 left in the half, on their way to a 45-21 halftime advantage.
Mount Saint Mary shot 44.2-percent in the opening 20 minutes, connecting on a trio of three-point field goals.
Sarah Lawrence was held to 17.9-percent shooting overall, including a 1-for-6 effort from three-point range.
Bojka finished the first half 6-for-8 from the floor to lead all scorers with 14 points.
Sarah Lawrence received nine first half points from Tamura.
The Knights pushed the lead to 52-22 on a Bojka bucket with 6:53 left in the third stanza.
The lead grew to 43 points late in the third period when Erin Smith connected on a jumper in transition to give the Knights a 70-27 advantage.
The Mount’s advantage would not fall below 35 points in the final period and grew to as large as 41 points twice in the final 10 minutes.
Mount Saint Mary cooled to 39.5-percent shooting after halftime and hit on just two of its 11 three-point attempts.
Sarah Lawrence improved to 31.3-percent from the floor in the second half, but went just 1-for-4 from three-point range.
Bojka poured in 11 more points for the Mount in the second half in just seven minutes of action.
Katzaroff led the Gryphons with five second half tallies.
For The Knights
Bojka finished the contest 11-for-15 from the floor on her way to a game-high 25 points in just 18 minutes of work. She added nine rebounds, an assist and a steal to the winning effort for the Knights.
Rivera and Phelan each chipped in eight points for the Mount with Rivera hauling in three rebounds.
Cailean Nolan came off the bench to add seven points and five rebounds.
Hughes led the team with three assists and chipped in four points and two steals.
For The Gryphons
Tamura led the team with 13 points and posted five rebounds and two steals.
Camryn Davis scored eight points and collected three rebounds.
Katzaroff posted seven points and seven rebounds.