By John Manley
Niamh Joyce has seen only a smattering of playing time this season, but when the Irish native found herself on the floor for much of Stevens Tech’s 54-37 women’s basketball victory over Bard, she responded by dominating the boards. The 5-foot-9 junior grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds (eight off the offensive glass) and accounted for three steals. She also scored eight points, hitting 4-for-13 from the floor. Joyce now calls Edison, N.J., home. Stevens carries an 11-5 record.
Susan Moran didn’t have two of the more prolific games of her still young collegiate career, but she did hit double figures in St. Joseph’s (Pa.) road wins last week. The sophomore from Tullamore, Co. Offaly, rang up 14 points on 6-for-10 firing from the floor and 2-for-2 from the line as the Hawks blasted Rhode Island, 69-39. Moran also was credited with three assists and four steals in 27 minutes of action. She then came through with 10 points in St. Joe’s 62-49 victory over Massachusetts. The Hawks are 17-3 overall and 8-1 in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
Manhattan’s Siobhan Kilkenny put nine points on the board in an 83-57 loss to Fairfield. The 5-9 freshman from Castlebar, Co. Mayo, drained 3-of-9 field goal attempts and 3-of-4 free throws. In 16 minutes on the hardwood, she also grabbed three caroms, dished out two assists and managed two steals. Kilkenny scored four points in a subsequent 72-66 loss to Canisius. The Lady Jaspers are 11-7 overall and 4-6 in the Metro Atlantic Conference.
Gary Dredge was perfect from the field as Azusa Pacific trounced California Baptist, 111-80. Dredge, a 6-9 sophomore from Clondalkin, Co. Dublin, connected on all five attempts from the floor. He also pulled down eight rebounds for the Cougars, who are 18-3 and ranked seventh among NAIA teams.
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Niall Phelan’s minutes have been few this year, but when the Dublin senior does leave the pine, he shows some flare. Phelan scored three points in each of Robert Morris’ last two games, victories over Quinnipiac, 81-74, and Mount St. Mary’s, 73-58. In each case, Phelan launched a shot from long range and connected. Robert Morris is 9-8 overall and 6-2 in the Northeast Conference.