Moore Nets Career-High 27, Chargers Race Past SCSU, 84-64

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WEST HAVEN, Conn. – A career-high 27 points for Bria Moore (West Haven, Conn./Hill Regional Career) led a red-hot shooting performance for the University of New Haven women’s basketball team, as the Chargers knocked off crosstown and Northeast-10 rival Southern Connecticut State, 84-64. The game was a part of the annual “Unity thru Hoops” event.

With their third straight win, the Chargers improve 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the Northeast-10.

With their third straight win, the Chargers improve 6-3 overall and 5-1 in the Northeast-10. SCSU falls to 3-5 on the season with a 1-5 conference mark.

Moore shot 10-for-14 from the field with a career-high five three-pointers made in addition to two free throws to amass her 27 points. Briana Bradford (Waterbury, Conn./Holy Cross) added 13 points, and Anh-Dao Tran (Webster, Mass./Holy Name) netted 12. Aquillin Hayes (Harlem, N.Y./Wings Academy) poured in eight points, Nikita Reddy (Germantown, Md./Germantown) had six, Ayana Duncanson (Elmont, N.Y./Francis Lewis), Ashley LeBlanc (Methuen, Mass./Methuen) and Rykema Stone (Bronx, N.Y./Wings Academy) each added five and Lauren Hebert (North Reading, Mass./North Reading) scored three points.

Collectively, the Chargers shot 31-for-69 (44.9 percent) from the floor, 12-for-22 (54.5 percent) from three-point range and 10-for-19 (52.6 percent) from the free throw line. New Haven’s success rate from distance was the club’s best since shooting 11-for-20 (55 percent) in a win over Le Moyne on Nov. 29, 2009.

Hayes neared a double-double with 10 rebounds in addition to her eight points, while Moore hauled in seven. The Chargers were edged on the boards, 48-45. New Haven more than made up for that slim margin with 29 points off of 21 SCSU turnovers.

Bradford distributed a career-high seven assists, while Moore had four helpers.

The Owls were led by a double-double (18 points, 17 rebounds) from Jackie Beathea. Mariah Hankton added 16 points off the bench.

Southern Connecticut’s only lead of the afternoon came of the first bucket. Bradford sank a free throw and Moore sank her first trey to put the Chargers in from. After the Owls pulled even at 4-4, a Bradford triple started New Haven on a 9-0 run from which it would never look back. SCSU briefly cut the lead to four points at 16-12, but the Chargers scored the next five and shortly thereafter put the game away with 23 of the final 26 points of the half – including the last 10. All 12 of Tran’s points came during that run that sent the Chargers into the locker room with a 51-25 lead. The Owls went without a field goal over the final 7:13 of the period.

New Haven shot better than 50 percent from the field in the opening half at 19-for-36 (52.8 percent) and knocked down eight three-pointers on 12 attempts (66.7 percent). Moore had 16 points and Bradford netted 10 prior to the intermission.

The lead reached its largest point early in the second half, when a Bradford three-pointer gave the Chargers a 20-0 run as a part of a 33-3 stretch to extend the cushion to 61-25. The margin never shrank below 20 points, which stood up as final in an 84-64 victory.

The final score represents New Haven’s largest margin of victory since a 73-38 triumph over Le Moyne on Nov. 29, 2009.

Following a hiatus for final exams and to celebrate the holiday season, the Chargers return to action on Jan. 2, 2013 at Molloy. Northeast-10 play resumes at Charger Gymnasium on Jan. 5 against Pace.