Dramatic finish sparks Stevenson's turnaround season in women's basketball

OWINGS MILLS, Md. - Division III college sports teams often toil in anonymity.

Stevenson women's basketball sophomore guard Stephanie Martinez brought a little positive attention to the Mustangs Wednesday night in their game against Messiah.

Trailing by one with five seconds remaining, and having to go the length of the court, junior Ty Bender took two dribbles before passing it ahead to Martinez who drained a three-pointer from just passed mid-court as time expired to clinch a 72-70 victory.

With the win, the Mustangs (8-6, 6-1 Middle Atlantic Conference) surpassed their win total from a season ago and remained tied for first place with Lebanon Valley for the conference lead. Stevenson went 7-16 overall and 4-14 in league play last season.

The two teams traded baskets in the first six minutes of the game, with neither team holding more than a one point lead.

Bender finished with 16 points while Martinez added 10. Junior Kayla Kelly scored a game-high 17 points while sophomore Caitlin Roy had a career-high 15.

For the season, Kelly averages a team-high 12.3 points and 2.6 assists per game, while Martinez averages 9.4 points per contest. Kyarra Harmon averages a team-best 7.5 rebounds per game for Stevenson.

Stevenson returns to action on Sunday, when it travels to face Lycoming.

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