POST GAME INTERVIEW – GAME VIDEO – The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team stepped on their home floor for the second consecutive game. The Dolphins took on the Bears of St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center as part of a doubleheader. Using a 28-point second quarter the Dolphins would go on to win, 77-60, to improve to 2-1 on the year while the Bears dropped to 1-3 overall.
Led by a 27-0 run ignited by Nihada Bracic, which began at the end of the first quarter and stretched all the way until there was just four minutes left in the second quarter, the Dolphins would go on to pick up their second straight.
CSI shot 39% (30-77) from the floor, 36% (9-25) from downtown and 8-10 from the line. St. Joseph’s College – Brooklyn shot 41% (24-59) from the court, 21.7% (5-23) from behind the arc and 7-10 from the stripe.
Freshman Bracic and junior Angelique Price led the Dolphins in scoring with 13 each. On the boards it was junior Samantha Flecker and sophomore Rosa Perone doing the dirty work as they each led the way with five rebounds. CSI was out-rebounded 42-41 on the night however the Bears committed 31 turnovers while the Dolphins turned the ball over just 16 times while collected 18 steals.
The Dolphins and Bears were in a heated back-and-forth match-up early in the first quarter as each team matched whatever the other could throw at them, which led to five ties within the first quarter. Flecker would find her spot behind the arc and sink a three-point shot, a shot that would seal the deal for the Dolphins as the Bears would not come close to regaining the lead for the rest of the game.
The second quarter the Dolphins caught fire and kept their offensive pressure up as they would hit four consecutive three-point baskets, three of which by Bracic, to extend their lead to 37-12. The Dolphins used their high pace play against the Bears which proved to be effective as the Bears were unable to keep up. Elena Demontreux came off of the bench for Christina Pasaturo and was able to make an immediate impact as she would dribble straight down the lane for an easy layup.
Rosa Perone dominant in limited playing time tonight, grabbing five rebounds and scoring six points in eight minutes of action. Nicole Imbesi would give the Dolphins their largest lead of the night at 39 with a layup which she created by herself. Jacquelyn Cali was able to get in on the scoring action late in the third, sinking a jump shot off of the pass from Demontreux.
The Dolphins would hold onto their lead despite being outscored 24-5 in the fourth quarter. The Dolphins’ five points came from Chanelle Alvarez, one of which was a shot clock beating three-point bucket.
CSI showed their dominance tonight and will head into Saturday on a two-game win streak against a good NYU team at 3:00 pm at the CSI Sports & Recreation Center.