Brookville, N.Y. - The NYIT women's basketball team was held to 10 points in three of four quarters of an East Coast Conference contest featuring LIU Post Wednesday evening.The loss drops the Bears to 4-2 overall and 0-1 in ECC action as the home team improves to 3-2 this season with a 1-0 mark in conference play.
- Margaret Knollmeyer captured her fifth double-double this season, as she posted a team-high 19 points and pulled down 10 boards in the loss.
- Also in double-figure points was Shannon Duer, who accounted for 12 and polished off the double-double with 16 rebounds, which included 11 defensive boards.
- The Pioneers of LIU Post had three players reach double-digits points including a 14-point performance from Kylie Garrett off the bench. Leading the way was ECC Rookie of the Week Mikaiya Moore, who notched 18 points and 13 rebounds in the win.
The Blue and Gold were out to a four-point advantage in the first quarter of action, before the home team used an 8-0 run in the closing five minutes to leave the Bears trailing by four. The visitors were 0-11 from the 5:30 mark when Tiara Place knocked down back to back free throws. The first four minutes of the second frame went by scoreless for either team but picked back up with Moore lay in at 6:43.
Knollmeyer went 2-for-2 at the charity stripe with 19 seconds left to play before breaking for halftime which brought NYIT within four, but the Pioneers got the last word as another layup increased their lead to six. Coming out of the locker room, Knollmeyer, Duer and Shanice Allen all recorded contributions that brought the game to an even 28-28. However the Bears were unable to find the shot that would push them ahead of the Green and Gold, as they still managed to trail by eight at the end of the third quarter.
The Bears opened the final period with a five-minute, 7-2 run that brought them within one of the hosts at 39-40. Allen and Julie Williams combined to go 4-for-4 at the free throw line to push out to a three-point lead, but that advantage quickly dwindled as Garrett drained a three-pointer to make the score 50 all with under three to play.
In the last minute, NYIT came as close as two to the hosting Pioneers, despite outscoring them 27-24 in the finale, but dropped a 62-57 decision in the end.
NYIT women's basketball returns to action on Saturday, November 26 when they host No. 1 Bentley University at 1:00 p.m. in Recreation Hall.
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