Chargers Shoot Past Pace, 69-59, for Fourth Consecutive Victory

Charger Athletics

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The University of New Haven women’s basketball team used one of its best three-point shooting performances of the season to topple host Pace, 69-59, on Sunday evening in a Northeast-10 road outing. Anh-Dao Tran (Webster, Mass./Holy Name) drained four of those triples en route to a game-high 20 points.

UNH women’s basketball team triumphs over Pace.

The Chargers (10-11, 9-8 NE-10) shot 8-for-18 (44.4 percent) from distance and 28-for-58 (48.3 percent) from the floor overall in their fourth consecutive victory. New Haven last won four straight games – also all against NE-10 competition – during the 2008-09 season.

Tran, who netted 23 points in Wednesday’s win over Adelphi, had 20 points on a 7-for-14 shooting day and knocked down four of her seven attempts from downtown in addition to a team-high four assists. Bria Moore (West Haven, Conn./Hill Regional Career) and Briana Bradford (Waterbury, Conn./Holy Cross) joined Tran in double figures with 15 points apiece.

Pace (11-10, 9-8 NE-10) held a 51-33 advantage on the boards, but the Chargers committed a season-low nine turnovers compared to 13 Setters’ miscues. Moore and Aquillin Hayes (Harlem, N.Y./Wings Academy) had six rebounds apiece for New Haven. Hayes also blocked three shots.

All six of the contest’s lead changes occurred in the opening 10 minutes. A Moore three-pointer with 9:51 to go in the first half gave New Haven an 18-16 lead that it would not relinquish. The margin grew as large as 10 prior to the intermission, but Pace scored the final eight tallies of the half as the Chargers headed to locker room with a 31-29 advantage.

Buckets from Moore and Hayes extended the lead to 35-29 to start the second frame, and soon after the Chargers put together a 9-0 run to open up a 46-33 cushion with 14:51 to go. The lead was cut to nine points, 61-52, with less than five minutes remaining when Tran buried a deep three to quell the threat and extend the advantage back to double figures.

The Setters responded with the next seven points, but again it was Tran who ended the rally with a triple as the Chargers rebuilt a 67-59 lead with 1:40 to go. Pace would not score again, and Tran hit two late free throws to round out her total at 20 points and cap the final score at 69-59.

Jessica Scannell scored a team-high 17 points for Pace.

The Chargers will look to extend their winning streak to five games on Wednesday evening at Charger Gymnasium against visiting Assumption at 7:30 p.m. The Greyhounds, who defeated Le Moyne yesterday in Syracuse to move to 15-6 overall and 12-5 in NE-10 action, have received votes in each of the last seven weeks in the WBCA Division II Top 25 Poll.