Simpson and Fechko lead Terriers to program-record 16th win

Eilidh Simpson scored 27 points against St. Francis University on Monday. AP Photo.

Eilidh Simpson scored 27 points against St. Francis University on Monday. AP Photo.

It seems like it is a different player stepping up each game for the St. Francis Terriers and on Monday night it was Eilidh Simpson and Leah Fechko who combined to score 50 points to lead them to a 90-76 victory over St. Francis University in Pennsylvania. The win ties the most wins the Terriers have ever had in a season with 16 as they improved to 16-7 overall and 7-5 in Northeast Conference play.

Simpson finished with 27 points, Fechko had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Jaymee Veney had 16 points and 10 rebounds. It was the third double-double each for Fechko and Veney. The Terriers shot 12-for-25 from behind the arc including 5-for-7 from Fechko.

The final score made this look like a close contest, but the Terriers outplayed the Red Flash in almost every facet of the game and the Terriers’ lead was never really in danger. They out-rebounded them 43-28, out-shot them 48.2 percent to 41.4, they forced more turnovers, nine to five, had twice as many assists, 15-8, they scored more on second-chance points and got more points from the bench.

Simpson put them up right away as she started the game with a three. SFU held a slim lead for about seven minutes, but Fechko hit a three to cut that lead to two points with 9:57 to play in the first and that started 24-11 run by the Terriers as they grabbed a 13-point lead and never looked back.

Simpson scored 18 of her 27 in the first half on 7-for-9 shooting and Fechko had 16 of her 23 in the same stretch as she was 4-for-5 from behind the arc. Meanwhile, Katie Fox was making it all happen with six first-half assists. Simpson and Fechko continued to contribute in the second half, but that’s when Veney took charge with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 13 minutes.

It was a dominant performance against a team that is actually ahead of them in the standings. It also marks back-to-back big games from Simpson after she suffered through a mini-slump over the last couple of weeks. Things seem to be clicking at the right time for the Terriers, who will head to Staten Island to take on Wagner on Saturday.

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