Titus drops career-high in resounding Daemen victory

Courtesy of Daemenwildcats.com

AMHERST, N.Y. – Freshman Katie Titus (Penfield, N.Y.) scored 15 of her career-high 23 points in the first half to lead Daemen College to a 65-42 victory over Molloy College here tonight in East Coast Conference women’s basketball action. Daemen snapped a five-game losing streak and improved to 5-8 overall and 2-2 in the ECC. Molloy suffered its fourth-straight loss and fell to 6-9 overall and 1-4 in the league.

Titus, whose previous career-high for points was a 19-point effort in a loss at Eckerd College, connected on 10-of-20 shots and drilled three three-pointers. She also collected a team-high eight rebounds and blocked two shots. Sophomore Caroline White (Fairport, N.Y.) added 12 points and six rebounds, while junior Ranaveya Richards (Albany, N.Y.) chipped in eight points, seven rebounds and three steals.

Senior Ihnacinse Grady (Amityville, N.Y.) scored a team-high 11 points for Molloy, while sophomore Melody Prichard (Knightdale, N.C.) added 10 points and six boards.

Molloy opened up an early 10-4 lead following a triple by Prichard, but the Wildcats answered with a three-pointer from Titus and the hosts later took a 16-13 lead following a layup by Titus with 4:39 left in the quarter. Both teams struggled to score the rest of the frame and Daemen took a 20-16 lead into the second quarter.

Neither team scored until the 7:16 mark of the second quarter, when a three-pointer by sophomore Autumn Buchsenschutz (Port Allegany, Pa.) gave the hosts a 23-16 lead. Molloy quickly cut the lead to three points (23-20), but Daemen outscored the Lions 10-5 over the final 4:11 of the quarter and the Wildcats took a 33-25 lead into intermission after White drained a triple with 11 seconds left before halftime.

The Daemen lead was nine points (38-29) early in the second half when back-to-back three-pointers by Titus gave the hosts a 44-29 lead. The lead was 12 points (44-32) with just over four minutes left in the quarter when a jumper by White sparked the Wildcats on a quarter-ending 8-0 run. A three-pointer by junior Jordan Heinold (Hamburg, N.Y.) with 34 seconds left in the frame capped the spurt and gave the Wildcats a 52-32 lead. The lead ballooned to 25 points (61-36) midway through the fourth quarter and Molloy came no closer than 21 points the rest of the way.

Daemen shot 43-percent (26-for-61) from the field tonight, which ranks as its second highest field goal percentage in a game this season. The hosts connected on 8-of-23 from downtown and made 5-of-10 from the charity stripe. Molloy made 6-of-10 shots in the first quarter, but finished just 16-for-44 (36%) from the field overall. The Lions went 4-of-15 from three-point land and made just 6-of-13 free throws. Daemen finished with a commanding 41-26 edge in total rebounds, and the hosts also posted an 11-1 edge in second-chance points and a 28-16 advantage in points in the paint.

The Wildcats return to action Sunday (Jan. 13) when they host Queens College in an ECC game. Queens (2-11, 1-4 ECC) suffered a 53-46 loss at Roberts Wesleyan College tonight.

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