Sophomore center Maddy Moro recorded her fourth straight ‘double-double’ with 25 points and 18 rebounds and senior guard Nina Hodanich buried a key 3-pointer with 22 seconds left to lift Keystone College to a dramatic 67-66 victory over Immaculata University in Colonial States Athletic Conference women’s basketball action Saturday afternoon.
The win was the second straight for the Giants, now 6-17 overall and 5-9 in the CSAC.
Freshman forward Samy Farah came off the bench and chipped in 10 points for Keystone, which out-rebounded the Mighty Macs, 47-36, and held a 25-9 advantage in bench points.
The Giants trailed 29-25 at halftime and 49-46 after three periods, but shot nearly 52 percent in the second half to pull out the victory.
Farah came up big when the Giants needed it most, scoring six points during a 12-4 run midway through the fourth period that turned a 52-52 tie with 7:39 left into an 8-point Keystone lead with 1:55 remaining, 64-56.
The Mighty Macs fought back to cut the gap to one, 64-63, with 43 seconds remaining.
Hodanich, who finished with nine points, then buried a 3-pointer from the left perimeter on Keystone’s next possession, but the Giants were far from out of the woods, however.
Immaculata followed with a 3-pointer on its next possession and Keystone committed a turnover with nine seconds left, setting up an opportunity for the Mighty Macs to win it on the game’s final possession.
A 3-pointer from the left baseline, however, was wide of the mark as time expired.
Moro, who posted her eighth ‘double-double’ of the season, connected on 11 of 21 shots from the field and also came up with two assists and two blocks in 30 minutes of action.
In her last four games, she is averaging 15.8 points and 17.5 rebounds.
Farah’s 10-point effort was her seventh double-figure scoring output of the season.
For the game, Keystone held a 34-26 advantage in points in the paint and turned 14 offensive rebounds into 17 second-chance points.
On Thursday at Cedar Crest College, freshman guard Faith Shiffer tied her season-high with 13 points, including the game-winning free throw with eight seconds remaining, to lift Keystone College to a 49-48 victory.
Moro contributed 13 points and pulled down 19 rebounds and freshman guard Bre Moore chipped in 11 points for the Giants.
The Giants trailed 26-23 at intermission and 38-31 after three periods, but fought back in the final stanza to compete the regular-season sweep of the Falcons.
Keystone out-scored the Falcons 18-10 in the fourth quarter.
Moore connected on a pair of free throws with 1:41 remaining to give Keystone a 47-43 lead.
The Falcons followed with a pair of charity tosses, and after Moore made one of two free throws with 29 seconds left, Cedar Crest buried a 3-pointer with 21 seconds remaining to tie it up at 48.
After Keystone missed on its next possession, Shiffer came up with a steal, was fouled, and then connected on one of two free throws to set the final score.
The Falcons turned the ball over after Shiffer’s free throw and fouled immediately, but they were unable to get off a shot attempt after the Giants missed two free throws with two seconds left.
Shiffer’s previous high of 13 points came against Medgar Evers on Nov. 18, while Moro’s ‘double-double’ was her third straight and seventh of the season.
The Giants will return home to play their final two games of the season, starting this Wednesday, Feb. 14, against Centenary University at 6 p.m. in the Gambal Athletic Center in La Plume.
On Saturday, Keystone will host Notre Dame of Maryland at 1 p.m. Prior to tip-off of Saturday’s game, Hodanich will be honored as part of Senior Day festivities.