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18th-ranked Moravian proves too much for Juniata women's hoops

(Posted January 9, 2009)

BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Moravian College's Hillary Murray connected on three unanswered three pointers in the span of a minute-and-a-half, fueling an 11-0 run that helped lift the 18th-ranked Greyhounds to an 82-55 win over Juniata College, in Landmark Conference women's basketball action on Friday night in Bethlehem, Pa.

Juniata (6-7, 0-2 Landmark) stayed with Moravian early in the first half, and held an 11-9 lead after Jen Hnatuck's (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Trinity) layup at the 15:31 mark of the opening frame.

Murray gave Moravian a lead it would never relinquish with the first of her three consecutive treys, part of her game-high 15 points. After two more Murray three-pointers and a jumper by the Greyhounds' Kate Harrison, Juniata stopped the run with a layup by Ashton Bankos that cut the Moravian lead to 20-13.

Moravian's (11-1, 2-0 Landmark) lead was 46-25 at the break, and reached its widest at 79-46 following a layup by the Greyhounds' Cassandra Philips with 2:14 remaining in the game.

Juniata was paced by Hnatuck with 12 points, while Kelly Ashcraft (Bellefonte, Pa./State College Area) tallied 11 points. Claudia McDowell (Alexandria, Pa./Juniata Valley) finished with five points to go with a team-high seven rebounds.

In addition to Murray, Moravian had two other players score in double figures as both Kirsty Stearns and Jessica Foran finished with 10 points. Alexandra Blair was the lone player in the game to post a double-digit rebounding total with 11 boards.

The game marked the third year in a row that Juniata has dropped a regular season game at Moravian; the Eagles fell to the Greyhounds 70-64 last season in Johnston Hall, but ended up defeating Moravian twice in Huntingdon - including a meeting in the semifinals of the Landmark Conference tournament. Juniata and Moravian will square off in Huntingdon on January 31.

Juniata's current conference road trip continues on Saturday at the University of Scranton, with tip-off scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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