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Cougars earn big sweep of DelVal


January 25. 2014 10:49PM

By - dlevarse@civitasmedia.com




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DALLAS — The resurgence had started on defense. Returning to conference play this month, Misericordia had started a winning streak by keeping opponents under 60 points and eking out a few victories.


But once the three-pointers finally started falling for the Cougars, they didn’t stop.


Misericordia turned in its best long-range shooting performance of the season Saturday, thumping first-place Delaware Valley 84-68 at the Anderson Center.


The Cougars opened 8-for-12 from behind the arc for a 50-31 halftime lead and a quick knockout of the defending Freedom Conference champs.


“That’s as well as we’ve shot all year,” Misericordia coach Trevor Woodruff said. “I don’t know if that’s what the numbers say, but it felt like it. If we’re able to make shots like that, it goes without saying that we’re a lot better team.


“We’ve grinded so much this year, it’s been tough to score. It was good to see the offense show up today.”


Senior Matt Greene led the three-point barrage, hitting 6-of-7. Freshman Griffin Sponaugle was 3-for-6 from deep. Joe Busacca and Anthony Sergio both hit one apiece, and the Cougars finished 11-for-21 as a team. The performance just edged an 11-for-22 showing in a season-opening win over Marywood.


The win was the fourth in a row for the Cougars (9-7, 4-2 Freedom), who moved into first place with the league schedule set to hit the halfway point Wednesday. Delaware Valley, DeSales and FDU-Florham are also 4-2, but the Cougars have beaten all three over the last three games.


Steve Ware led four Cougars in double figures, finishing with 21 points and eight rebounds — both team-highs. Greene (18 points, seven assists), Busacca (13 points) and Sponaugle (11 points) rounded out the scoring.


Misericordia was 25-of-52 from the floor to go with a strong 23-of-26 showing from the foul line.


“I’m happy with where we’re at,” Woodruff said. “(The scoring) was pretty spread out. If we’re going to do that, we’re going to be hard, hard to guard. We’ve got a lot of options.


“Hopefully this is a good jumping off point.”


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DELAWARE VALLEY (68) — Nick Sullivan 2-10 2-2 7, Zach Sly 5-13 6-9 19, Chris Moran 7-11 2-6 16, Zach Sibel 3-12 1-2 8, Jay Donovan 3-13 1-2 9, Adonis Fleming 1-1 0-0 2, Nick Castillo 0-0 0-0 0, Daron Walker 0-1 0-0 0, Devin Jackson III 0-0 0-0 0, Charles Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Nate Brown 1-2 2-2 4, Steve Wade 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 23-64 14-23 68.


MISERICORDIA (84) — Joe Busacca 2-6 8-8 13, Matt Greene 6-8 0-0 18, Griffin Sponaugle 4-10 0-0 11, Patrick Widdoss 0-4 4-6 4, Steve Ware 6-11 9-9 21, Michael Brunson 0-2 0-0 0, Anthony Sergio 1-4 0-0 3, Andrew Moran 0-0 1-2 1, John Murphy 1-1 0-0 2, Jamie Egan 0-0 0-0 0, Cael Evans 5-6 1-1 11. Totals 25-52 23-26 84.


Halftime — Misericordia, 50-31


Three-point field goals — DVC 8-26 (Sly 3-4, Donovan 2-7, Fleming 1-1, Sibel 1-5, Sullivan 1-8, Waller 0-1); MU 11-21 (Greene 6-7, Sponaugle 3-6, Busacca 1-3, Sergio 1-3, Brunson 0-2).


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Big half lifts MU women


Second-year coach Allison Kern has been building up the Misericordia women to run the floor and wear out opponents. It’s just been a little tougher to accomplish month since losing senior guard Lauren Smicherko to a knee injury.


The Cougars, however, weren’t slowed on Saturday.


Hannah Seely scored 18 and Misericordia put five players in double figures in an impressive 80-61 win over a talented Delaware Valley side at the Anderson Center.


Misericordia (7-9, 3-3 Freedom) poured in 47 points in the final 20 minutes as the Aggies were unable to keep up.


“That’s our game,” Kern said. “Our problem has been mentally where we’ve been up and down a little bit. If we’re pushing it in the first half, we come out flat in the second half.”


But the Cougars started both halves strong on Saturday, opening the game with a 10-2 lead. Then, trailing 34-33 at halftime, they came out of the locker room firing with Seely scoring seven straight points to give the Cougars the lead for good.


Sam Baro (16 points), Katie Drayton (13) and Justine Seely (11) also chipped in with freshman Shannon Croasdale coming through with a double-double off the bench (11 points, 10 rebounds).


“Honestly, that’s probably the best start to a game we’ve had all season,” Kern said. “For a full 40 minutes, we mentally executed the gameplan, which was huge.”


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DELAWARE VALLEY (61) — Agatha Drozd 7-14 2-2 19, Brenna Coll 4-11 1-3 10, Shannon Barlow 0-3 1-4 1, Eireann Anastasi 6-16 1-3 14, Brittany Wood 0-2 0-0 0, Sam Foy 1-1 0-0 2, Kelsey Kilpatrick 5-18 0-0 15, Bridget Sobon 0-2 0-2 0, Katelyn Donohue 0-0 0-0 0, Kacy Peyton 0-2 0-1 0. Totals 23-69 5-15 61.


MISERICORDIA (80) — Hannah Seely 8-13 2-4 18, Katie Drayton 3-10 7-11 13, Justine Seely 4-8 3-4 11, Sam Baro 7-15 0-0 16, Nikki Baro 2-6 4-4 8, Shannon Croasdale 5-7 1-2 11, Amanda Greene 0-1 0-0 0, Lauren Oertner 0-0 2-4 2, Alivia Womelsdorf 0-0 0-0 0, Kelsey Wantz 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 30-61 19-29 80.


Halftime — Delaware Valley, 34-33


Three-point field goals — DVC 10-27 (Kilpatrick 5-12, Drozd 3-7, Coll 1-2, Anastasi 1-2, Wood 0-2, Peyton 0-2); MU 3-9 (S. Baro 2-7, Wantz 1-1, Drayton 0-1).




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