All three of the honorees started the game. Katelyn Hepworth entered the game for just a brief time before exiting the game due to a nagging injury. Jaclyn Tocco was able to come in and make an immediate impact with a couple of steals that led to fast break layups at the other end.
On a night when the College of Staten Island women’s basketball squad would honor its trio of seniors, the Dolphins put away Medgar Evers College, 100-58, as part of CUNYAC Play at teh Sports & Recreation Center. The win broke a two game skid for the Dolphins in what was the team’s home and regular season finale, lifted the Dolphins to 19-6 overall and 14-2 in the CUNYAC, while the Cougars fell to 2-22, 0-16, respectively. Prior to tip-off CSI honored seniors Melanie Johnson, Jaclyn Tocco, and Katelyn Hepworth.
The Dolphins were actually down, 8-6, with 16:46 remaining in the half but the team responded with a numbing 16-0 run to put them up 22-8. The lead was ignited when sophomore Megan Myhre hit three three-pointers while getting assistance from Melanie Johnson who also added a three pointer of her own as well as a layup.
At the end of a 12-0 run at the 11:15 mark, Myhre was able to score a fast break layup to put the Dolphins up 31-11. Myhre was then able to back that up with a deep three to add to the Dolphins’ lead. With 5:32 left in the half the Dolphins improved to 44-16 due to missed shots by Medgar Evers and the Dolphins’ ability to shoot the ball well, making up for a 26% shooting performance in last night’s loss to Rutgers-Camden. Myhre, who was in the zone tonight hit eight three’s in the first half to give her 27 points.
The Dolphins were in full control of this half as they went into halftime up 60-29. CSI was able to score 21 points off of 15 turnovers committed by the Cougars and the Dolphins shot a blistering 55% in the frame.
The Dolphins came out in the second half a more reserved team as they came out passing the ball and draining the shot clock before taking a shot.
For MEC, Nia Tompkins continued where she left in the first half as she continued to drain the long range shot. Tompkins (8) was keeping pace with Myhre (9) with total three’s made in the game.
The Dolphins just continued to add onto their lead in the second half as the Cougars’ defense had no answer for the potent Dolphins offense. With 5:08 left in the second half Nikki Fabozzi headed to the line to shoot two and was able to make one of them to give the Dolphins a 40 point lead 92-52.
Immediately following those free throws Myhre was able make a layup to give her 32 points and add to the Dolphins’ lead. Myhre’s 34 points were a career-high and tied her for 16th all-time in most points in a game.
The Dolphins won the game 100-58. Ironically, Myhre’s 34 points were not a game high, as MEC’s Tompkins drained 37 points, also a career high. CSI got 17 points apiece from Nikki Fabozzi and Johnson, who also added 10 rebounds. CSI shot 51% for the game next to MEC’s 28%.
The Dolphins are back in action on Sunday in the CUNYAC Quarterfinals. The team will host York College at 2pm at the Sports & Recreation Center.