Orangeburg, N.Y. - With time nearly expired, Julie Williams drained a shot from beyond the arc to help NYIT women's basketball capture a 76-75 victory from Dominican College at the Fourth Annual Regina Rivera Memorial Tournament Saturday afternoon. The Bears improve to 3-1 this season as the hosting Chargers fall to 0-3.
- Three players finished the narrow decision in double-digit points, with Shannon Duer leading the way with 25 behind 10-of-17 shooting from the field. She completed the double-double with 10 rebounds.
- Margaret Knollmeyer also recorded her second double-double this season with 12 points and 13 rebounds as teammate Nina Vukosavljevic was responsible for 18 points, eight assists and five steals. She was nearly perfect at the charity stripe, going 10-for-11, helping the team to an overall 84.5 shooting percentage.
- Dominican had several shooters in double-digit points, as four members of the team combined for 54 points.
- The Bears capitalized on turnovers from the Chargers, scoring 26 points compared to the Blue and Gold's 13.
The teams mirrored scores in the first two quarters, eventually knotting the score at 35-35 to break for the locker room. In the final four minutes of the second frame, the Bears used a 13-5 run to be even with Dominican as time expired. The home team was responsible for 11 personal fouls in the first frame alone, in which Shanice Allen, Tiara Place and Vukosavljevic all knocked down shots to help post a 93.3 percentage from the line.
Duer went 7-for-10 from the field in the second two quarters of action, contributing 18 points. The teams traded the lead for most of the contest, until a layup from Duer at 7:21 in the third help the Bears stay ahead of the Chargers. Vukosavljevic knocked down both of her free throws to maintain a one-point advantage heading into the final ten minutes of action.
The closing quarter featured seven ties and nine lead changes throughout, up to the final seconds. A foul by Knollmeyer sent Jacqueline Rywalt to the line to shoot two, where she found success to take a two-point lead. Williams was able to receive a pass from Vukosavljevic which she put in the net from behind the three-point line as the buzzer sounded, handing NYIT the victory.
NYIT women's basketball returns to action on Sunday, November 20 when they take on Felician College in the Dominican Charger gymnasium at 3:00 p.m.
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