The College of Staten Island women’s basketball snapped their two-game losing skid tonight, scoring a road conference win over John Jay College, 69-59, in Manhattan. CSI improved to 4-5 overall and 2-1 in CUNYAC play, while the Bloodhounds dipped to 1-6, 1-3, respectively.
Getting off to a good start, the Dolphins shot out to a 9-2 lead, as John Jay did not record their first field goal until the 14:15 mark of the first half. An Alyssa Carlsen three-point play lifted CSI to a 16-7 lead after nearly 10 minutes, and the Dolphins seemed well on their way to a solid start.
The Bloodhounds, however, refused to go quietly, and would eventually break the lead down to a single bucket on a pair of occasions before the Dolphins would pull ahead each time. A three-point play by Victoria Crea put CSI back up 9 with 5:00 to play, 25-16, and after JJC free throws cut the lead again to 25-23, the Dolphins went on an 12-3 tear to end the first half up by 11 points, 37-26, powered by seven Christina Pasaturo points in the run.
A pivotal, 7-0, run by the Dolphins in the second half gave the unit their biggest lead, 49-33, highlighted another Carlsen basket. From there, the game swung back and forth, and JJC’s Terri Chu was able to knock the lead down to single digits with inside of five minutes to go. The Dolphins weathered the rally, however, and after an Ashley Iannacone basket got CSI back up by 12 with inside of two minutes to play, CSI finalized the game at the free-throw line.
CSI was led by Pasaturo’s 17 points, while Megan Myhre added 15 markers and six rebounds. Carlsen would lead all CSI bench scorers with 11 points. JJC was paced by Brianna Cunningham’s 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Amanda Jimenez added 10 and 10. The Dolphins held JJC to just 29.5% shooting (18-61), which included just a 3-19 clip from beyond the arc (15.8%). CSI finished shooting 35.7%, but were a healthy 76.5% from the free-throw line (13-17).
CSI is now idle until December 23, when they will be hosted by St. Joseph’s College-Brooklyn at the Barclay’s Center at 3pm.