Staten Island, NY | Jacquelyn Cali and Nicole Imbesi put the Dolphins back in the win column at The Tank with impressive performance’s. The Dolphins cruised to a 75-33 win over the Lightning of Lehman College to improve to 18-6, 12-3 while knocking Lehman down to 1-21, 1-13.
Nicole Imbesi scored a career-high 9 points against the Lightning while also grabbing 8 rebounds and picking up two steals.
“For the past three years, I’ve been more of a defensive player and after losing a ton of firepower after last season I knew we were going to need a more balanced attack coming into this season. I wanted to help deliver that extra threat on offense this season and help bring us to another CUNYAC Championship this season.” Imbesi said on how her role has changed over the course of the season.
Two other players joined Imbesi in scoring 9 points. Diana Todaro and Brianna Robisky each tallied 9 points while Robisky hauled in a career-high 8 rebounds.
Leading all scorers with 15 points, Cali came out on fire hitting a pair of shots within a minute to pushing the Dolphins out to an early 9-0 lead. The Dolphins were never threatened in this game by the Lightning as they were able to hold the intruders to just one point in the opening stanza. The Lightning had no answer for the Dolphins defensively, as CSI shot 47% from the floor in the first quarter.
The Lightning hit their first field goal of the game three minutes into the second quarter when Khadijah Sangare cashed in on a 3-point basket. After finding just one point in the first quarter the Lightning found their stride in the second and scored 13, their highest of any quarter.
Much like the first quarter, Cali came out firing and hit a 3-point basket to extend their lead to 27. Elena Demontreux has continued to provide a spark coming off of the bench for the Dolphins. Demontreux came into the game in the second and immediately sank a 3-point basket. Robisky was able to keep momentum on CSI’s side headed into the halftime break as she hit a three with 22 seconds left to give Staten Island their largest lead of the game up to that point.
With complete control of the game and the Lightning unable to string together any offense, the Dolphins were able to get everyone involved. Tori Moylan led the team with 9 rebounds, a career-high, while Tracey Simon also had a career-high, banking it four points.
The CUNYAC Postseason is just a week away but the Dolphins can’t look past Baruch College who they will play on Wednesday, February 13 at 5:30 pm on a hostile court. Staten Island will look to string together a pair of wins before the postseason to keep momentum on their side.