BLUE BELL, Pa. - The home finale opened with the team honoring sophomore Marisa Christensen pre-game. Following tip-off, however, there was very little to celebrate as the Mustangs fell 70-23 to Division II Manor College in Region XIX action.
Though the team has fought valiantly against some of Region XIX's best, wins have eluded Coach Francine Roseman and her squad this season. Unfortunately, Tuesday evening was no different.
Manor's press defense and constant pressure on the ball forced Montgomery into 36 turnovers. The Lady Jays also used their size around the basket on both ends, out-rebounding the Mustangs by a 51-29 margin.
"You can't turn the ball over 30-plus times and expect to win against a team like Manor," Roseman said. "Unfortunately, we've been on the losing end of these types of games this season."
With 10 players at its disposal, Manor had the flexibility to make wholesale lineup changes at any point in the game. Meanwhile, an already-thin Montgomery roster was further handcuffed with an injured Linda Sobeck on the bench.
Jessica Spano led the Mustangs with 10 points, placing in double figures for the fourth time in the last five contests. Spano and Anna Morgan grabbed eight rebounds apiece in combining for more than half of the team's rebounds. Morgan added six points, while Alison Henning registered four points, four steals and four blocks.
Tamara Sellers, who scored a game-high 19 points for the Lady Jays, was one of three Manor players in double figures.
Montgomery struggled to score and came up empty on 15 opportunities from beyond the arc. On the other side, Manor connected of 25 of its 57 shots, including a third of its 18 three-point attempts. The Lady Jays converted 60 percent from the foul line while the Mustangs converted at a 50 percent clip.
Christensen, a two-sport student-athlete at Montgomery, was recognized for her contributions to the college's Athletics program and her work in the classroom.
"We have one game left," Roseman said. "Hopefully we can make the most of it."
The women's team closes out its season on Saturday in an 11 am tip-off at Luzerne County Community College.
- By Bob Kent, Sports Information Director