PASATURO’S CAREER HIGH SHOOTING LIFTS DOLPHINS PAST COUGARS, 80-34

The College of Staten Island women’s basketball squad picked up their second straight win tonight with a 80-34 win over Medgar Evers College.  The women wore their anthracite away jerseys tonight as the Dolphins had their third annual black out! The women improved to 15-7 overall and 11-3 in the CUNYAC while the Cougars dropped to 2-21 overall and 2-12 in the CUNYAC.
 
Nia Thompkins opened up scoring for the Cougars with a deep three from the right side to give Medgar Evers their only lead of the game.  The Dolphins would answer back strongly with a 21-3 run as they held the Cougars scoreless for over six minutes.  Medgar Evers broke their scoring drought when Kimonia Mullings was able to find a hole the Dolphins’ wall and lay one in to make the score 5-21.  Victoria Gallinaro lit up the stat sheet in the first quarter which is where 12 of her  17 points came from.The Cougars couldn’t keep control of the ball and the Dolphins were able to capitalize on that as they converted the turnovers into 17 points.
 
The women continued to extend their lead in the second quarter.  Jamie Pifalo started the Dolphins off with a three-point basket in the second quarter to put them up 22 points over the Cougars. Medgar Evers started to convert more baskets and raised their point total from five in the first quarter to 9 in the second quarter to put them down 41-14 at the half. The Cougars started to commit less turnovers as the half came to an end and as a result the Dolphins had their second lowest point total in a quarter this game. 
 
Nicole Vierno was a force to be reckoned with in the paint tonight and recorded her third double-double of the season with a 10-point, 11-rebound outing.   The women scored 24 points in the third quarter, tying the amount they scored in the first, and this time they dominated the paint where they held an 18-2 edge.
 
The sophomore duo Samantha Flecker and Christina Pasaturo combined for half of the Dolphins’ points as Flecker, for her second game in a row, dropped over 20 points with 21 while Pasaturo shot a career high 77% (10-13 FG) for 22 points and six assists. 
 
The women continued to control the flow of the game and come the fourth quarter the Cougars were out of gas and only managed to score four points.  The women secured their biggest win of the season, a 46-point difference, to give them their second straight win.
 
The Dolphins will return to action on Friday, February 12 against Baruch College at 5:30 pm at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center.
 

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