Brookville, N.Y. - The NYIT women's basketball team dropped a tightly contested 65-59 game against Pace University to close out the ECC/NE-10 Challenge hosted by LIU-Post earlier this evening. Despite four players reaching double digit scoring, the Bears kept it close through the end but were unable to get over the hump as they even out their record at 1-1 overall.
Senior Shanice Allen led the offense with a 5-10 effort from the floor for 15 points while teammate Shannon Duer chipped in with 11 points of her own. Sofia Georgiadi and Nina Vukosavljevic had an even split of 20 points in the loss. While the Setters won the battle on the boards, grabbing 43 misses to NYIT's 30, the Bears were hot from behind the arc, sinking nine of 20 attempts while their counterparts were held to just two made triples.
In the first quarter, Allen knocked down three of her team's four three pointers which accounted for half of the Bear's 24 points. After an 8-8 tie, it was all Blue and Gold the rest of the way as they pushed their lead out to as much as seven at one point and ending it up 24-17.
A sluggish second ensued with both squads struggling on the offensive end of the ball. It took nearly four minutes before Margaret Knollmeyer finally broke her team's scoring drought with a free throw.The Blue and Gold, while managing just three field goals in the quarter, held Pace to just two of nine from the floor. Heading into halftime, NYIT led 32-25.
Six unanswered Setter points helped close the gap, bringing the game to within two points midway through the third. However, over the final 1:35, missing three of their final four shots while their counterparts connected on their final four shots, ending the quarter on a 7-0 run and taking the 46-44 lead in the process.
It was neck-and-neck through most of the final quarter as two made free throws from Vukosavljevic tied the game at 57 with 1:33 left to play. A 6-0 Setter run put the Bears on the ropes and into a six point hole with less than 10 seconds remaining. Unfortunately, they were unable to mount a comeback as time ran out resulting in their first loss of the season.
NYIT is back in action on Tuesday, November 15 when they host Concordia at Recreation Hall in the first ECC matchup of the year. Tipoff is slated for 7pm.
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