WOMEN’S BASKETBALL FALLS IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION AT NEW YORK TECH
Old Westbury, N.Y. – Four players scored in double figures to lead New York Tech to a 72-47 win over the Le Moyne College women's basketball team on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action at Recreation Hall.
Sophomore forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) led all players in the game with 13 points, while pulling down four rebounds. Freshman forward Maggie Brown (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) tallied a double-double with 10 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
Nikki Jo Rotolo and Dina Ragab each recorded 12 points to lead the Bears, while Rotolo grabbed nine rebounds and dished out eight assists. Charlene Riddick scored 11 points, while Rebecca Romeo tallied 10 points.
After the Dolphins jumped out to a 6-4 lead 3:28 into the game on two baskets by Brown and a pair of free throws from senior guard Torie Lee (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius), the Bears used a 5-0 run and a 14-0 run around a Brown jumper. Riddick accounted for all five points in the 5-0 jaunt, while Ragab had six points and Rotolo posted four in the 14-0 streak that gave NYIT a 23-8 lead with 8:22 remaining in the half.
Following a New York Tech timeout with 6:47 left and the Bears leading 25-10, the Dolphins scored six straight points to cut their deficit to single digits. Sophomore guard Alex Marple (Wellsboro, Pa./Wellsboro) hit two free throws, sophomore forward Tessa Pucello (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) made a jumper and then Greer converted a jump shot with 5:32 to go.
The Bears tallied five straight points and seven of the half's last nine points to go into the intermission with a 32-18 advantage. Chantal Davis started the run with a three-pointer, her team's only triple in 12 attempts, while Rebecca Lynch and Rotolo added baskets in the paint. Greer made a lay-up for Le Moyne's final points of the half.
New York Tech started the second half with eight of the first nine points over the opening 1:47 to extend its lead above 20 points for the first time. Romeo book-ended the run with a pair baskets around field goals by Lynch and Riddick.
The Dolphins trimmed their deficit to 18 on three occasions over the ensuing three minutes, but could not get any closer. Greer had five of Le Moyne's nine points in the stretch, while three different Bears scored two points apiece.
The Bears registered 10 of the next 12 points over a span of four minutes to pull away. Rotolo had the first four, while three others scored two points each.
After the teams went back-and-forth for six minutes, leading to a 64-41 New York Tech lead with 5:11 left, the Bears scored six straight points for their largest lead of the game. Freshman guard Lauren Salzbrenner (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) followed with consecutive three-pointers to finish off Le Moyne's scoring, while Ragab recorded New York Tech's final points with a jumper.
Le Moyne (2-2) returns to Northeast-10 Conference play on Wednesday at American International at 5:30 p.m.