Staten Island, NY | For the first time in seven games, the Dolphins suffered a CUNYAC loss to rivals, Brooklyn College. Megan McEwan’s 17 points were not enough to surpass the Bulldogs late in the game. Brooklyn knocked off top-seeded Staten Island, 70-60, to improve to 14-7, 10-2. Staten Island dropped to 17-5, 11-2 with the loss.
The CUNYAC clash between the titans didn’t disappoint as the lead changed hands 13 times and saw heated battles in the paint. This series continues to flip flop as over the last eight games the series is tied at four with neither team winning a home contest since the end of the 2016-17 season.
McEwans 17 points mark her fourth straight game with 15+ points while Diana Todaro and Rosa Perone led the team with six rebounds each. The Dolphins fared well from beyond the arc, shooting 58% but were unable to keep up with the Bulldogs in the paint. Brooklyn edged out Staten Island 38-20 in the paint.
Chanel Jemmott led all scorers with 24 points and 15 rebounds while Jasmine Hansgen followed up with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the Bulldogs.
Brianna Robisky did a great job defending Alexandra Moogan on the perimeter, holding her to just 2-of-7 from range. That defense allowed the Dolphins to hold the lead for a majority of the first quarter until Jemmott started to find success inside the paint which gave the Bulldogs the lead headed into the second stanza.
The Dolphins had their highest output in the second quarter, netting 17 points. Kayla Schmitter sank a three-point basket to give the Dolphins a two-point lead with 2:13 remaining before the half. Staten Island would briefly lose the lead but McEwan would knot it up at 33 with a mid-range jumper. CSI had a chance to go into the half with the lead, however, several missed opportunities under the basket kept the stalemate alive headed into the half.
Both teams struggled in the third quarter as the first basket didn’t come until the 7:40 mark when Jacquelyn Cali banked in a shot from behind the arc. The second field goal of the quarter didn’t come until four minutes later when McEwan hit another. Schmitter pushed the Dolphins’ lead out to five with a fastbreak jumper only to have the Bulldogs come right down the court and cut the lead back down to three.
McEwan beat the buzzer to give the Dolphins a two-point lead and momentum heading into the final quarter of play.
Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Brooklyn had their best point total in the fourth quarter, totaling 27 points, pushing them to the win.
Each of these games will have an impact on the final standings for the CUNYAC Playoffs. Up next for the Dolphins is a rematch with Hunter College on Tuesday night, who up until tonight, had handed Staten Island their lone CUNYAC loss of the season.