Staten Island, NY | Megan McEwan, for the second game in a row, dropped 21 points in a win, teaming up with Christina Camerlengo, who scored a career-high 14 points, to topple York College, 74-46 in a CUNYAC clash at The Tank. The Dolphins improved 10-3 overall and 4-0 in the CUNYAC, while the Cardinals dropped to 2-10, 1-3, respectively.
In the 74th meeting between these two programs, Staten Island returned to the win column after having a 15-game win streak snapped last season. Rosa Perone banked one in to give the Dolphins a two-point lead early, a lead they wouldn’t relinquish for the rest of the game. Despite coming to within just one point, the Cardinals were unable to usurp the Dolphins in Staten Island as CSI pushed their lead out to nine by the end of the first quarter.
Diana Todaro once again found success inside the paint, converting 62% of her chances for 12 points while pulling down seven boards. Staten Island continued to add to their mark, keeping the visiting Cardinals behind by double digits. Freshman guard Christina Camerlengo started her scoring in the second quarter with a fast-break jumper. The basket would help increase the Dolphins’ lead to 18 before Todaro hit a layup with 20 seconds remaining to put the Dolphins up 20 heading into the locker room.
Elena Demontreux made an instant impact when she stepped on the court tonight. Demontreux cashed in on a baseline jumper just 20 seconds after entering the game. York, however, made a case for a comeback towards the end of the third but Camerlengo shut the door quickly with a 3-pointer. Demontreux would carry her hot hand into the fourth quarter as she would convert her next pair of shots to help give the Dolphins their largest lead of the game up until that point.
With the Cardinals fading, the Dolphins kept their foot on the pedal as Camerlengo and McEwan showed their range, hitting back-to-back 3-point shots. Up 25 points with five minutes remaining, freshman Lola Plamenco found the bottom of the net for her first career points as a Dolphin. Plamenco followed Camerlengo and McEwan’s success from 3-point land and found her way onto the stat sheet with a three of her own. Another freshman that collected her first career point was Tracey Simon as she converted on a free throw late in the contest.
Mac-Dege Dessources leads the nation in rebounds per game (17.4) for the Cardinals and displayed why tonight. Dessources pulled down a game-high 24 rebounds, eight of which were offensive. Dessources rebounding total led to the Cardinals outrebounding the Dolphins 55-37, however, it was the turnover battle that led to their demise. York College turned the ball over 40 times tonight which allowed the Dolphins to turn those into 36 points.
Up next for the Dolphins will be a tough test as they face off against the other undefeated team in the CUNYAC, Hunter College. The first installment of this series this season will take place on Saturday, January 5 at The Tank in Staten Island, NY at 1:00 pm.