Pittsburgh -- Seventh-year Robert Morris University women's basketball head coach Sal Buscaglia picked up his 600th career win on Thursday night as the Colonials trumped Fairleigh Dickinson, 79-50, in Northeast Conference action at the Charles L. Sewall Center.
Buscaglia, now in his 32nd season of coaching, is 600-275 (.686) with 331 of those wins coming on the Division I level. In 31 full seasons, he has 19 20-win seasons, 12 conference championships and 14 national tournament appearances to his credit.
As has become the norm, Robert Morris got scoring from everyone. Ten different players found the basket with junior guard Destiny Harrison (Niagara Falls, N.Y. / Niagara Falls) taking the spotlight with a career-best 12 points. Her back-to-back treys ended a second half Knights threat and propelled the Colonials to the runaway victory.
Senior guard Angela Pace (Westchester, N.Y. / Woodlands (Monroe College)) led the team with 19 points and also dished out eight assists while going 9-of-16 from the field. Freshman forward Vega Gimeno-Martinez (Valencia, Spain / Spanish National U-20) tacked on 14 points and a career-best eight rebounds and sophomore Mary Durojaye (London, England / English National U-20) picked up her second career double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
The Knights came out of the halftime break and cut a Robert Morris 14-point lead to just eight points when Alyssa Mayrose hit a long three-pointer with 14:19 left to play. Pace pushed the margin back to 10 points before the game suffered through a 2:30 scoreless drought.
Following a media timeout, Harrison drilled a three-pointer from the corner that was the key to a 16-0 RMU run. The junior guard hit another three from the wing, buried a pair of free throws and hit a 15-footer from the right wing to take over the contest.
The outburst gave the Colonials a 61-37 lead with 8:44 left in the contest. The lead would not fall to less than 19 points the rest of the way as they pulled away for the 79-50 victory.
The Colonials started the game 6-of-7 from the field, but FDU kept pace with the hosts early on. After the quick start, RMU missed 10 consecutive shots and the Knights took the lead, 17-15, on a Mariyah Laury runner.
Gimeno ended the Colonials drought with a tough layup that started a 13-0 run. The spurt ended with Robert Morris holding a 28-17 lead that ballooned to 41-27 at the halftime horn.
Mayrose finished with a game-high 21 points, hitting five three-pointers, for FDU. Jasmyra Saunders tacked on 12 points and Laury, the league's leading scorer, was held six below her average with 11 points. The Knights shot 29.3 (17-58) for the game.
Robert Morris shot over 50 percent for the third time in four games, knocking down 50.8 percent (30-59) of its shots. The Colonials also held a 44-33 advantage on the glass, outscoring the Knights 36-10 in the paint.