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December 4th, 2013

Balanced Attack Leads Women’s Basketball Past Mount Saint Mary

SUNY New Paltz sophomore guard Christine Rivera scored 11 points. Photo: ED DILLER
By Robin Jonathan Deutsch

NEWBURGH - The State University of New York at New Paltz women’s basketball team found just the right formula for breaking into the win column this season: The Hawks broke out to a 15-0 lead over host Mount Saint Mary College and took a 22-point lead into halftime, en route to a 69-47 win over the Knights last night in non-conference action on Tuesday night at the Kaplan Center.

For all intents and purposes, the Hawks earned their first win of the 2013-14 campaign by halftime, leading 36-14. New Paltz dominated all facets of the first half, most notably holding Mount Saint Mary College to 18 percent shooting from the field. The Hawks were focused and on-point, holding a commanding 13-2 advantage in bench points, while forcing 13 turnovers that led to 15 points and outscoring the Knights 8-1 in second chance points.

The victory sends New Paltz into the holiday break at 1-4, while Mount Saint Mary drops to 0-5. The Hawks will next host Western Connecticut State at the Hawk Center on Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. The Knights travel to the College of Staten Island for a 7 p.m. game on Dec. 3.

In the first half, eight different Hawk players contributed offensively, and in an opening 17-2 spurt at the mid-point of the first half, seven different student-athletes scored. Senior forward Jeanette Scott led the way with eight points on perfect shooting (3-for-3 field goals, 2-for-2 free throws). Freshman forward Courtney Irby earned all seven of her rebounds in the opening 20 minutes and Scott added six of her eight boards for a New Paltz team that out rebounded the Mount 58-37 in the game.

In the first 8:59 of the second half, the Hawks used a 16-5 run that was punctuated by a three-pointer by junior guard Shannan Walker to build a hefty 52-19 lead. Scott, sophomore guard Goldie Harrison, sophomore guard Christine Rivera and sophomore forward Ana Morel all contributed baskets to the scoring punch.

Following two free throws by Morel with 6:35 to play, New Paltz led 65-31, it’s largest lead of the game, making a MSMC comeback a difficult proposition. The Knights would score 11 of the game’s final 13 points to come within 69-47.

A balanced scoring attack saw three New Paltz players score in double figures, led by Rivera with 11, Walker and Scott with 10 each.  Scott and Morel each pulled down eight rebounds. Walker and Irby contributed seven boards. Walker had five assists.

The Knights were led by junior guard Lauren Romao and senior forward Rachel Perrone with 12 points each. Sophomore guard Nicole Scicutella added 10 points with eight rebounds. Perrone and her fellow senior and sister Jessica, had seven rebounds.

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