Lorde Towers over Le Moyne as Pace Women’s Basketball heads to the NE10 Semifinals


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Amine Kassaoui, Feature Editor

SYRACUSE, NY – The #8 seeded Pace University women’s basketball team pulled off the upset and eliminated #1 Le Moyne College in the Northeast-10 Conference Championship quarterfinals, 49-47, in overtime, to end the Dolphins’ 11-game win streak.

The Setters were also the last team to beat Le Moyne, back on Jan. 7, also on the road.

In an incredible defensive performance, the Setters held the Dolphins to an awful 26.8% shooting from the field (15-of-62), and an even worse 23.1% from downtown (3-of-13).

In an epic double-double, sophomore Tower Lorde would not allow Pace to lose, coming up clutch in the biggest moments time and time again. The Barbados native secured her seventh straight double-digit scoring game with a team-high 15 points, on 5-of-7 shooting, not to mention a herculean 16 rebounds and four steals.

The on-ball defensive star of the game was undoubtedly Arianna Stockinger, who played her heart out, battling through picks and screens at every turn, hounding the Dolphins’ best players with an energy and mindset that had to be seen to be appreciated. Offensively, the sophomore put up 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Lauren Hackett scored 12 points and distributed three assists. Shanice Sinclair finished with nine rebounds and three assists. Kat Mansaray hauled in eight boards and dished a team-best four assists.

The scintillating back-and-forth encounter featured 11 ties and 11 lead changes in a bitter defensive battle the whole way through.

With Pace down 42-41 and 1:21 left in the fourth quarter, Sinclair nailed a jumper to give her team the lead. A Dolphin free-throw sent the game into the extra session.

After Le Moyne took a quick two-point lead in overtime, Hackett launched a three pointer in response, putting Pace up for good.

On the next Blue & Gold possession, it was Stockinger’s turn, heaving a back-breaking triple to put the Setters up 49-45.

Both threes were assisted by Sinclair.

Pace now travels to Waltham, Massachusetts, to face the defending, and 21-time champions, Bentley University, Thursday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals of the NE10 Championships. It marks Pace’s first foray into the semis since 2012.