By Justin Satkowski
OLD WESTBURY - Mount Saint Mary College ran its winning streak to eight games with a 47-36 win over SUNY College at Old Westbury in a Skyline Conference contest Thursday night. The Knights improve to 13-7 overall and to 10-1 inside the Skyline.
The Mount led by ten in the early stages of the second half, but Old Westbury cut the deficit to just four as the clock dipped below ten minutes. Senior Becky Metzger kicked off a 7-0 run for the Knights with a three-pointer at the 9:41 mark and a bucket from sophomore Natalie Candarelli less than 75 seconds later pushed the Mount lead to 11 at 32-21.
The game would tighten up, however, as the Knights failed to score over the course of the next four minutes. A basket from Old Westbury junior DeAndra Scott at the 4:08 mark capped an 8-0 run for the Panthers to bring them within three.
Mount senior Charneice McCullough finally broke up the scoring drought, draining a three-pointer at the 3:57 mark to increase the lead back to six (35-29). The Panthers answered with a two-pointer, but the Knights fired right back with the next six points. A fastbreak layup from McCullough at the 2:51 mark made it 41-31, Knights, and the Panthers would get no closer than seven over the game’s final minutes.
Junior Rachel Perrone led the Knights with 12 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Lauren Romao also chipped in with 12 points of her own. Metzger added 10 points and six boards, while sophomore Rottisha Lewis contributed six points and nine rebounds.
Scott led Old Westbury with 12 points and 13 rebounds. No other Panther reached double figures. The home team shot just 28.3-percent from the field and committed a whopping 34 turnovers.