The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team saw a modest halftime lead evaporate, falling to host Brooklyn College on Saturday as part of CUNYAC play, 67-57. The win pulled Brooklyn up to 7-5 overall and 3-1 in the CUNYAC while the Dolphins dipped to 2-8, 1-2, respectively.
In a lackluster first half that saw both teams shoot just 19-of-63 from the floor (30%), CSI took a modest 27-25 lead into the lockers, powered primarily through a 13-of-17 performance from the charity stripe. BC shot just 1-for-10 from downtown in the first half, as CSI would erase a seven-point Brooklyn advantage to take their first lead at 19-18 with 5:08 left in the stanza on an Allie Shanahan lay-up.
CSI led by as many as three when a pair of freebies by Victoria Donegan put them up, 21-18, but a Tiayana Logan layup tied the game at 25-25 with 39 ticks left before Olivia Tierno banked home a layup to put CSI up at halftime.
In a complete role reversal though, the second stanza belonged to the Bulldogs. This time the teams shot a blistering 30-for-61 (49%), but BC earned 13 more shot attempts thanks to a combined 25 CSI turnovers and a 27-11 Brooklyn advantage on the offensive glass.
CSI had the hot hand early, beginning the half on a 12-7 run over the first five minutes, capped by a Rachel Rosado jumper to give CSI its biggest lead at 39-32. Over the next three and a half minutes, however, the Bulldogs raced to a 12-3 run capped by another Logan lay-in to give BC a 46-44 lead with 10:12 to play. A quick Ariel Smith three gave BC a five-point edge and the home squad never looked back. CSI would cut the lead down to two, but another 11-1 run by BC put the home squad up 60-48 with 4:08 to play, sealing the deal.
Smith led the way for Brooklyn with 18 points and eight rebounds, adding five steals. Justine O’Callahan added 12 markers, while Elisha Raiford finished with eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds. CSI’s Tierno finished with 18 points while Shanahan posted 16 points and 10 rebounds. Sophomore Katelyn Hepworth poured in 11 markers and seven rebounds. Brooklyn enjoyed a 48-36 edge on the glass, spreading out 23 assists.
CSI will next be in action on Wednesday night, hosting New York City College of Technology at 5:30pm.