By Tom Robinson
SCRANTON – Three JB Hoops alums were in the starting lineups and a freshman from the program contributed off the bench when the University of Scranton and DeSales University women’s basketball teams waged a battle of unbeatens Monday night at the John Long Center.
Emily Sheehan scored the tying and go-ahead points to help Scranton complete a comeback from a 16-point, second-quarter deficit in a 63-58 victory.
Sheehan, a junior guard from Dunmore, and Bridgette Mann, a senior guard from Wallenpaupack, were the JB Hoops alums in the Scranton starting lineup.
Morgan Birmelin, a senior guard from Honesdale, started for DeSales in the game which matched preseason conference favorites and teams already making an impact nationally this season.
Erin Worzel, a freshman forward from Wallenpaupack, also played for Scranton.
The Lady Royals are ranked among the top 10 teams nationally in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The visiting Bulldogs entered the game leading the nation in points per game and average margin of victory.
“I enjoyed it,” said Sheehan, who finished with 14 points and 3 steals in a game that featured a total of 7 former Lackawanna League players. “I played with all of them at one point, but it’s nice to play against them, too.
“Even though we’re against each other, we’re still sharing the same experience on the court. I was looking forward to seeing them and I wish the best for them.”
Sheehan scored 14 points and made 3 steals.
Mann had eight points and seven rebounds.
Birmelin had 10 points and had game-highs of 7 assists and 4 steals.
Worzel had two points and two steals in her six minutes of playing time.
Mann hit a 3-pointer after Sheehan’s tying 3-pointer and go-ahead drive, completing an 8-0 run that helped Scranton stay on top after securing the lead for the first time.
Sheehan and Mann each scored eight points to lead Scranton, the Landmark Conference defending champion and preseason favorite, during the second half.
Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom favorite DeSales led, 34-18, with less than 2 ½ minutes remaining in the half.