The College of Staten Island women’s basketball team traveled to Cambridge, Mass. for a non-conference bout against MIT at the Rockwell Cage. The Dolphins entered the game on a six-game win streak looking to extend that to seven, however, the Engineers had other plans. It took overtime, but the Engineers were able to come out on top 76-74 to improve to 7-2 on the year while dropping the Dolphins to 8-2 overall.
Christina Pasaturo scored a season-high 33 points in the loss, shooting 54% from the floor and 57% from three-point range. Angelique Price collected 16 points and four offensive rebounds in 26 minutes of action. Victoria Crea tallied three assists, five rebounds and six points against the Engineers while Samantha Flecker led the team with eight rebounds and three steals. Diana Todaro scored six points and grabbed four boards in the loss.
Staten Island struggled early on in the opening stanza, going just 1-for-5 in the first four minutes, with the lone basket coming from Jacquelyn Cali from three-point range. Down 8-3, the Dolphins called a timeout to regroup and look to get control of the game. The timeout call would prove to be effective as the Dolphins would go on a 7-0 run to knot the game up at 10 via a Christina Pasaturo three-pointer.
Heading into the second quarter the score remained tied. Staten Island continued to use their momentum from the first quarter and go on to take an eight-point lead. Pasaturo led the way to their eight-point lead, netting seven points over that stretch. MIT would keep the game close, never allowing it to get beyond an eight-point deficit in the first half. During the last two minutes of the first half, the Dolphins only managed to score three points while the Engineers were able to pour in eight to shrink the lead.
After being outscored 6-2 in the paint in the first quarter the Dolphins came out in the second to outscore the Engineers 14-6 in the second.
CSI came out of the locker room and allowed MIT back into the game as Kristen Ngan made it a one-point game with the layup. For the first five minutes of the third quarter, the lead would flip-flop between the teams before MIT emerged with a lead after Kara Holinski drained a three-point basket. The Dolphins would fall behind by as much as seven and not regain the lead until there was 2:39 left in the final quarter. Angelique Price, who scored a season-high 16 points, converted the layup and would drain the and-one to give the Dolphins the lead.
Down the stretch, the home team would hold a one-point lead which caused Samantha Flecker to foul Kristen Ngan and send her to the line. Ngan would miss the first from the charity stripe before converting the second to put the Dolphins down two with eight seconds left. Coach Tim Shanahan would call a timeout to draw up a play to get his team in position to tie the game up. Shanahan drew up the perfect play as Price was able to place her layup off of the glass to tie the game up at 68 with just four seconds remaining in the game.
In overtime, neither team was able to pull away from the other as the game remained a two-point game for either side in the five minute overtime. The Dolphins did, however, take a two-point lead when Price converted a layup. After Ngan converted 1-of-2 free throws to bring her team within one, Holinski would sink a three-point shot to put her team up 74-72 with 1:19 left in overtime. Price continued to play well for the Dolphins and tied the game up with 59 seconds left with a jumper from in the paint. Just 20 seconds later Holinski would make a jumper which ultimately gave the Engineers the win. With 27 seconds left in the game Cali heaved up a three-point in an attempt to win the game for her team but the shot would not find the bottom of the net.