South Hadley, MA- The MCLA women's basketball team received a 17 point night from senior Kylah Langston as they led from start to finish in a 59-42 win over Mount Holyoke this evening in non conference action.
With the loss, the Lyons are now 1-4 to start the year, while MCLA improves to 2-2 overall. Mount Holyoke College was just 12-of-46 (26.1%) from the field in the setback while the Trailblazers shot 27-for-75 (36.0%) in the victory. MCLA also held a 47-39 advantage on the glass over 40 minutes of play.
Langston was 8-17 from the floor to lead all scorers. She added 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The 17 points tied a career high. Hannah Mazzeo notched a double double finishing with 12 points and 12 boards for the Trailblazers. Emily Burke chipped in with 9 points in the win.
MCLA jumped out to an early 5-0 advantage following a lay-up from Mazzeo (Averill Park, N.Y.) before Hayley Jones (Catskill, N.Y.) drilled a three to give the Trailblazers an early cushion. After Kyra Sanborn-Burch (Tariffville, Conn.) got the Lyons on the board with a pair of free throws, Ellie Hayward buried a three-pointer of her own to pull the Lyons to within four, trailing 9-5 with 6:26 to play in the first quarter. Annika Brooks would score the final two baskets for the hosts but MCLA held a 19-9 lead after 10 minutes of play.
Hayward opened the second quarter with a basket to pull Mount Holyoke College to within eight before Sanborn-Burch canned two more free-throws to keep the Lyons in reach of the Trailblazers. Hayward would convert two more free-throws with 4:03 to play in the first half but the Lyons would go into the halftime break trailing MCLA, 27-15.
Brooks dropped in a lay-up just 1:11 into the third quarter to bring the Lyons to within seven, and the junior along with Grover would hit jumpers to keep the deficit at 10 before the Trailblazers went on a 9-0 run that gave them a 42-24 advantage with 50 seconds to play in the third quarter. Grover stopped the run with a pair of free throws before Brooks made a free throw of her own to make it 45-27 heading into the final quarter.
Leading the Lyons was Brooks (Portland, Maine), who finished with a team-best 15 points and 14 rebounds, while Katlyn Grover (Bernardston, Mass.) recorded 13 points, nine of which came in the final stanza.
MCLA is back at home on Saturday when they host Utica.