The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team rolled to their fourth-straight win, blowing by visiting John Jay College, 72-39, in CUNYAC play at the Sports & Recreation Center. The win lifted CSI to 12-6 overall and 8-2 in the CUNYAC, while the Bloodhounds fell to 4-14, 2-9, respectively.
CSI left little doubt from the get-go, scoring the game’s first five points and held JJC without a field goal for the first 7:02, getting out to a 7-2 edge in defensive play to open the game. After Dana Nicholson hit JJC’s first field goal to make it 7-5, CSI rolled to an 11-0 run to end the first quarter to lead 18-5 after one. Christina Pasaturo volleyed in two straight lay-ups in the streak, while Rosa Perone completed a three-point play.
The Dolphins started just as hot in the second quarter, scoring the first eight points to extend the run to 19-0. Pasaturo added another pair of lay-ins with Victoria Gallinaro capping the run to make it 26-5 with 5:40 to go in the half. Another Nicholson three broke the run, but CSI scored another 12-0 run to end the second quarter and take a lop-sided, 38-8 lead, going into halftime. JJC finished just 2-19 from the floor (10.5%) in the frame.
From there, CSI was essentially on cruise control, leading by as many as 35 the rest of the way with many reserves gaining valuable minutes. CSI would finish shooting 42.6% from the field, holding the visiting Bloodhounds to just 32.7%. The Dolphins were also a plus-four in the rebounding column and forced 25 John Jay turnovers compared to their 9. Pasaturo finished with a game-high 18 points, adding six rebounds and six assists. Gallinaro would tally 12 for the Dolphins with Jacqueline Cali adding 9. Nicholson finished with 13 for John Jay while Shaliyah Ruiz would finish with 11. JJC’s Victoria Royal finalized with a game-high 14 rebounds.
With the win, CSI swept the season series with the Bloodhounds, and kept pace with Lehman College, remaining in second place in the CUNYAC standings, one-half game behind leaders Brooklyn College. CSI will host Brooklyn on Saturday at 3pm in a game that will determine first place in the standings.