Brookville, N.Y. - The NYIT women's basketball team picked up a season-opening win over Adelphi University Friday evening, as a part of the ECC/NE-10 Challenge hosted at LIU Post. The Bears (1-0) used an 18-point swing in the third quarter to propel them to a victory against the Panthers (0-1) at the Pratt Recreation Center.
The Blue and Gold had four players in double-figures, as Shannon Duer and Shanice Allen each accounted for 17 points and Nina Vukosavljevic and Margaret Knollmeyer were responsible for 15 and 14, respectively. The latter two finished off double-double performances with 11 assists and 13 rebounds, respectively.
A back-and-forth first quarter saw three ties and three lead changes, as neither side was able to build a lead of more than three points. A Natalie Fekula layup tied the score at 15-15 with 58 seconds to play, but Allen sunk a pair from the free throw line with just 15 seconds on the clock to give the Bears a 17-15 edge after the first 10 minutes.
Adelphi's offense started to click to begin the second quarter, and a 10-2 run thanks to Sierra Clark and Niajah Morgan over the first 3:50 put the Brown and Gold ahead 25-19. That margin expanded to a game-high nine at 29-20 when Morgan put in another two on a fast break with 3:59 on the clock, but the Bears rolled off 11 of the final 15 points of the period to make it a one possession game at the break, 33-31.
The NYIT momentum continued well into the second half, as the Bears made six of their first eight shots of the third quarter to run off 16 consecutive points and build a 47-33 lead. Adelphi could do little to stem the tide, and NYIT's lead grew to a game-high 20 at 55-35 as the scoring run reached 24-2.
However, the Panthers settled to score six of the final eight points of the quarter over the final two minutes, and pushed out to a 10-4 run over the first five minutes in the fourth to cut the lead to 10, as Balfour knocked down a pair of threes in that span. While Adelphi continued to press on offense in the final five minutes, the Panthers were unable to close the gap to less than nine, as all the scoring in the game for both sides came at the charity stripe.
The Blue and Gold return to action on Saturday, November 12 when they take on the Setters of Pace University at 7:30 p.m. in the home gym of the hosting LIU Post Pioneers.
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