Old Westbury, N.Y. - The NYIT women's basketball team played host to Concordia College in non-conference Tuesday evening. Four different players reached double-figures in the win, with freshman Margaret Knollmeyer leading the way with 15. The victory improves the Bears to 2-1 this season as the Clippers fall to 0-3.
Knollmeyer completed the double-double with 10 rebounds accompanying her 15 points with 5-for-8 shooting from the field. Nina Vukosavljevic and Shannon Duer each chipped in 14 points apiece with Duer notching her first double-double this season as she added 11 rebounds. Tiara Place came off the bench to contribute 12 points with over 50 percent shooting from the field.
The Bears nearly trailed for most of the first quarter until a three-pointer from Kristen Kelly and Jumper from Pace put the home team on top 16-15. Vukosavljevic and Duer both knocked down shots from behind the arc to jump out to a five-point lead as the opening frame came to a close.
Starting at the 6:21 mark, the Blue and Gold added five quick points to turn their lead into a 10-point advantage. Responsible for four of the five points, Shanice Allen grabbed two of her eight steals in that time to keep the Clippers at bay. The visiting team ended up with three players in double-digits with Julianne Wilkinson topping all players with 17. NYIT's largest lead of the quarter came just before the teams broke for the locker room, as Place drained two free throws to take a 17-point lead at 44-27.
Coming out of the break, the home team was able to maintain that lead for much of the third, never dipping into single digits to start. This frame was the only quarter in which Concordia outscored their opponents 20-14, after being held to just eight points in the second. The last quarter opened up with a 6-2 run in favor of the Clippers, but a tre from Vukosavljevic at the 6:54 mark kept the visitors trailing by 10. The final five points belonged to NYIT as they captured their second win of the 2016-17 campaign by a 74-59 final.
The women's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, November 19 when they take on Dominican College in the 4th Annual Regina Rivera Memorial Tournament.
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