SEAHAWK WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RESULTS
Salve Regina 87, Fitchburg State 33
Newport, R.I.. – Rodgers Recreation Center
Saturday, November 21, 2015
NEWPORT, R.I. - Salve Regina University senior guard Meaghan Harden (Sandwich, Mass.) scored 17 of her game-high 19 points in the first half as the Seahawks rolled to a 54-point victory, 87-33, over visiting Fitchburg State University at the Rodgers Recreation Center.
Harden's fastbreak layup at 7:35 in the second quarter gave Salve Regina a 26-7 lead, and gave the senior her 1,579th career point to move into first place on the program's all-time scoring list. Harden passed Alyssa Riccci '99 who held the top mark for 16 seasons.
Series and Streaks
Salve Regina has won all five meetings in the series; 11 points had been the largest margin in any of the four previous victories.
Three Stars of the Game
1 – Salve Regina senior Meaghan Harden (Sandwich, Mass.) - became the program's all-time scoring record and led all players with 19 points.
2 – Salve Regina freshman Kerri Beland (Attleboro, Mass.) - finished with 12 points, including two 3-pointers, and a team-high five rebounds.
3 – Salve Regina sophomore Mary Eden (So. Kingstown, R.I.) - set career highs in assists (six) and steals (six) while contributing eight points.
Key Stat of the Game
All 13 Seahawks recorded a rebound in the stat sheet.
Fitchburg scored the first basket of the game, a layup from Stephanie Leveilee (Worcester, Mass.), in the first minute. Salve Regina got rolling in the second quarter, outscoring Fitchburg 30-8 in that 10-minute span.
- Salve Regina's Harden needed just 11 points to become her school's all-time scoring leader (Alyssa Ricci '99 - 1,578 points); she needed 11 fewer games (Ricci -97; Harden - 86) to get to the top.
- The Seahawks match their game record for steals (24) which they first did against Anna Maria on January 21, 2003, and then again against Curry on February 10, 2009.
- Salve Regina avoided what would have been a first-ever 0-4 start under head coach Cori Hughes.
"This win was a real team effort. Each player did her job, and I think we're finally really coming together as a team.The real test will be if we take this momentum and continue moving forward. And – of course – I love that Meg was able to achieve this tremendous individual accomplishment on a day that was all about team, because Meg is all about team; I know she is happier for the squad's and her teammates' achievement(s) than she is for her own." - Salve Regina head coach Cori Hughes
Salve Regina (1-3) – Tuesday, November 24 at UMass Dartmouth, 5 p.m.
Fitchburg State (0-5) – Tuesday, November 24 at UMass Boston, 5:30 p.m.