BATTLE OF THE DOLPHINS FAVOR MOUNT ST. VINCENT WITH POWERFUL SECOND HALF

College of Staten Island women fell to Mount St. Vincent, 75-70, in Tuesday’s non-conference game. The Dolphins of MSV extended their record to 2-3 while CSI evened out to 4-4.

Staten Island showed their strength in the first half keeping a steady lead. With five minutes left, CSI went on a 6-0 run behind four made free throws by Nicole Quattrocchi and two from Olivia Tierno for a 22-15 lead. From there CSI pushed to an 11 point lead, their greatest of the game, with 54 seconds remaining after a Quattrocchi three-pointer. Despite a made layup by MSV as time ran out, Staten Island was up 34-25 at halftime.

It took MSV under two minutes to put the momentum in their favor to start the half scoring four back-to-back layups to tie the game at 34. Quattrocchi brought CSI back on top with a made three pointer followed by a layup. A layup by Jaclyn Tocco pushed CSI up to their highest lead of the half, 43-36. CSI maintained the lead until five turnovers led to a 6-0 run for the visiting Dolphins and from there they took the lead and never looked back. At the 6 minute mark, MSV took their greatest lead of 10. CSI followed with a 7-1 run to close the gap to four with three minutes left. The home Dolphins were within three after a Tierno layup with 36 seconds to go before two free throws by MSV sealed the win with one second on the clock.

There were a total of 63 turnovers, 31 to MSV and 32 to CSI. The visiting Dolphins captured 27 offensive rebounds for a total of 13 second chance shots. CSI shot well from the free throw line shooting 71.4%. MSV saw 30 points from the bench while CSI totaled 11.

Quattrocchi led CSI with 18 point including 4-for-6 from three point range. Tierno added 14 points and four rebounds. Danielle Kartalis added 10 points and five rebounds while Tocco had six points, six assists and six steals.

Kara McNish led MSV with 10 points and 14 rebounds while Brittany Griffin and Andree DeLeon both had 10 points apiece.

CSI will travel to Old Westbury on Thursday, December 22, for a  7:00 pm non-conference game to close the year.

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