Staten Island, NY | The Dolphins suffered their first CUNYAC loss of the season after falling to Hunter College, 75-62, at The Tank. The loss snaps a 9-game win streak over Hunter and drops CSI to 10-4, 4-1 on the year. For Hunter, the win boosts them to 5-8, 4-1 on the year.
As a team, the Dolphins shot 35.5% (22-62) from the floor, however, they struggled from behind the arc, hitting just three 3-point shots. Hunter, shot 42.9% (27-63) while hitting six 3-point shots en route to their 13-point win.
Megan McEwan led the Dolphins with 17 points, scoring 10 of them from the charity stripe. Rosa Perone had her best outing of the season, notching 14 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Diana Todaro picked up her fourth double-double of the season, tallying 10 points and 13 rebounds in the game.
In a top of the table CUNYAC clash, it was Perone on display. Perone dominated the game early on, scoring six-straight baskets to give the Dolphins a 16-14 heading into the second quarter. The Hawks had to answer for Perone as Head Coach Nicole Sarcone’s game plan was working perfectly.
Halfway through the second quarter, the Hawks were able to knot the contest up at 25. Jade Aponte sliced to the basket to convert the layup and give her team a two-point lead. Both teams battled for the lead as the first half began to come to a close. Phoebe Valenton sank a shot from range to put her team up four, however, McEwan was able to answer with a three of her own to send the Dolphins into the locker room down one.
Staten Island was unable to build off of their momentum to end the first half as the Hawks came out and extended their lead to six by the end of the third stanza. The Dolphins had opportunities to take the lead, however, down one they would go on a five-minute scoring drought which put them in a hole they were unable to climb out of.
The Dolphins will look to rebound on Monday, January 7 when they travel to Brooklyn, NY to take on the reigning CUNYAC Champions, Brooklyn College at 5:00 pm.