BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Junior D'Asia Allen (Providence, R.I.) and graduate student Breanna Muir (Wareham, Mass.) combined for 25 points Saturday afternoon to lead Lasell College's women's basketball team to a 70-39 victory over Medgar Evers College in the 20th annual Dr. Betty Shabazz Tournament hosted by Medgar Evers.
Allen came off the bench to top the Lasers with 14 points, hitting 5-of-10 shots, including 4-of-8 from three-point range. Muir led the starting contingent with 11 points and five assists, and senior Jaime Caron (Derry, N.H.) made 3-of-3 for the Lasers, including a three-pointer, to finish with seven points.
The Lasers (2-3) will play in the tournament's championship game on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. against SUNY Old Westbury after the Panthers defeated Simmons University in Saturday's opening contest, 81-78. Old Westbury is off to a 3-0 start to the season.
Medgar Evers had a 13-10 lead with 3:40 remaining in the first quarter, but Lasell outscored the Cougars 14-1 over the rest of the period to take a 24-14 advantage. Caron scored five points in the Laser rally, including a three-point bucket, and six different players contributed points to the run.
Lasell opened up a comfortable lead in the second quarter, outscoring the Cougars 20-9 in the frame. Senior Liz Bougie (Sanford, Maine) made a pair of threes in the quarter for Lasell, and Allen and Muir each connected once from beyond the arc. Seven different Lasers scored in the frame as Lasell held a 44-23 lead at the intermission.
The Lasers blew the game open with nine of the first 11 points of the third quarter to push the margin to 52-25, before coasting to the lopsided victory. Thirteen players got into scoring column for the winners, and 19 players logged playing time.
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