The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team followed up a tough loss on Wednesday with a convincing win tonight, scoring an 83-52 winner over winless Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.  The Dolphins improved to 9-4 overall and 5-1 within the CUNYAC while the Cougars fell to 0-12, 0-5, respectively.

The Dolphins led from the jump, getting out to a 14-0 lead in the game’s first 3:34 before a Cougars response came.  Junior Christina Pasaturo net 10 points in the run that included a pair of three-pointers.  The Dolphins’ offense cooled from there, but still the Dolphins would grab a 19-2 lead after an Elena Demontreaux three, and would take a 19-6 lead after the first quarter.

With CSI’s defense locking down the Cougars offense, the Dolphins then opened the first five minutes of the second quarter on a 15-1 run, exploding to a 34-7 lead.  Pasaturo would add another six in the run, while Samantha Flecker net a pair of buckets.  Again, CSI would taper off but still had enough gusto to take a lopsided 46-13 lead at the break.

The Dolphins were on cruise control from there, as many reserves earned plenty of time in the game’s second half.  A three by Pasaturo extended CSI by as many as 42 in the third stanza, 59-17, and in the fourth, MEC kept better pace but only enough to reduce the lead to 31 on a pair of occasions, ultimately falling by the same margin, 83-52.

Pasaturo registered her eighth-straight 20+ point performance netting a career-high 34 points, adding four assists.  Flecker finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Nicole Imbesi came off of the bench to register a game high seven assists.  MEC was led by Elesha Dieudonne’s 30 points and 13 rebounds.  MEC out-rebounded the Dolphins, 42-33, but CSI enjoyed a tremendous +20 advantage in the turnover column, forcing 35 MEC miscues.

The Dolphins improved to 45-3 all-time against Medgar Evers and beat the Cougars for the 20th straight time.  The 34 points by Pasaturo lifted her into 10th all-time on the CSI career scoring list.

The Dolphins will next return to action on Monday evening, traveling to Long Island to take on St. Joseph’s College of Patchogue as part of non-conference play at 7pm.