The Robert Morris Colonials (4-3) used another impressive shooting performance and junior guard Anna Niki Stamolamprou’s third career double-double on their way to a 76-44 rout of the Morgan State Bears (1-6) in the inaugural meeting between the two schools.
The Colonials, who own a .434 shooting percentage as a team on the season, continued to shoot incredibly well as a team, going 29-58 from the field, including 9-22 from three point range.
“It’s practice, warm-ups, shoot arounds. We practice shooting a lot, coming off of ball screens,” said Stamolamprou.
Stamolamprou lead the charge, scoring 13 and adding 11 rebounds in the victory. Sophomore center Mikalah Mulrain also reached double figures with 10 points, while seniors Ashley Ravelli and Leah Wormack, along with junior Janee Brown, added nine points. In total, the Colonials saw 11 of the entire 14 player roster (all of which played) score for the team.
“I feel like the coaches are doing a great job rotating everyone during practice, too,” said Stamolamprou.
On the other end of things, the defense stifled the Bears, forcing them into tough shots throughout the contest. Overall, the Bears went 17-53 from the field as a team.
“I feel like….we’re getting our chemistry down now, not just myself, but the entire team. We practice six days a week so when we rotate everybody we get different lineups, we get different matchups, so you get to work with everybody on the court,” said Wormack.
The Colonials put the pressure on early, forcing the Bears into three straight turnovers to start the game on their way to a 5-0 advantage. The Bears clawed their way back into things midway through the first, pulling within one.
The second quarter, however, was all Colonials. 17 unanswered points over four minutes put the Colonials up 46-18, and the game out of reach for the Bears. The Colonials took a 46-20 lead into the half after knocking down 18 of their 31 field goal attempts, including 8 of 15 attempted three pointers.
The second half saw more dominance by the Colonials, who kept the intensity up with an 8-3 run to open the third quarter.
Head Coach Sal Buscaglia then started to deploy his underclassmen into the game, giving freshman Nia Adams and Viki Karambatsa minutes.
The Colonials took a 62-36 lead into a fourth quarter that featured more bench players deployed into the contest.
The win puts Buscaglia two wins away from the RMU record of 211, and gives the program 499 victories overall.
The Colonials will take to the road for their next opponent, the Iowa Hawkeyes. Tip-off is scheduled for Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.