Brooklyn College Women Leap to Top of CUNYAC South
By John Torenli
One of the best-kept secrets in our borough went public Saturday afternoon at the West Quad Center as the Lady Bulldogs of Brooklyn College beat visiting Hunter, 55-47, to remain the only unbeaten team in CUNYAC action this season.
The South Division-leading Bulldogs (10-5) ran out to an early 9-0 lead and buckled down on defense thereafter, limiting the Hawks (3-1 CUNYAC North) to 16 first-half points.
“Today was a huge game for us as we got the chance to play for the top record in the conference,” said BC coach Alex Lang. “Our effort was there defensively for 40 minutes and that was the key to the victory.”
Freshman Nicole Francomano scored 13 points and junior Charnelle Saint Lauren added 11 points, five assists and seven steals for the Bulldogs, who have won two straight and four of their last five games.
BC will look to make it five straight CUNYAC wins this evening when they visit BMCC to take on Lehman.
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Kiara Evans made history, but the women of LIU-Brooklyn suffered their second loss in three games Monday, squandering a three-point halftime lead en route to a 71-65 loss to visiting Fairleigh Dickinson at the WRAC.
Evans, a senior point guard whom coach Gail Striegler refers to as the Blackbirds’ “mainstay,” became the Downtown school’s all-time leader in assists with 382 during her outstanding career.
Surpassing the previous mark of 380 held by LIU-Brooklyn Hall of Famer Tamika Dudley (1999-2003), Evans finished the game with six helpers while the Blackbirds’ newly crowned all-time leader scorer, senior Ashley Palmer, netted a team-high 18 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.
Senior Marika Sprow scored a career-best 17 points for LIU, which fell to 13-5 overall and 2-4 in NEC play.
The Blackbirds, who had won a season-high seven in a row prior to their recent slump, will try to get back on track Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., when they host Mount St. Mary’s.
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Despite a valiant comeback, St. Francis dropped a 53-44 decision to visiting Monmouth on Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Pope Center.
Freshman Jaymee Veney scored a team-high 10 points, making all four of her free-throw attempts, as the Terriers slipped to a dismal 1-16 overall and 0-6 in NEC play with their 13th consecutive defeat.
St. Francis will be back at it Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. against visiting Wagner.
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Sophomore Tabitha Larsen scored a career-high 23 points, including 17 in the first half, but NYU-Poly suffered a heartbreaking 45-44 loss to visiting Old Westbury on Sunday afternoon.
The Lady Jays (6-7, 2-3 Skyline Conference) nearly pulled out the win, but junior Shelby Bruns’ potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 5.6 seconds to play bounded in and rolled off the rim.
Bruns finished with 11 points and seven boards for NYU-Poly, which has lost three in a row.