Old Westbury, NY – The NYIT women's basketball team knocked off the top ranked team in the country with an upset 72-60 victory. The Bears had four score in double figures and used a 28 point surge in the third quarter to take the lead and never look back. The win bolsters NYIT's record to 5-2 overall, 0-1 ECC while the Falcons suffer their first loss and now stand at 5-1, 3-0 NE10.
Nina Vukosavljevic was an economical 8-12 from the floor, yielding a game high 20 points while all 18 of Julie Williams' points came in the second half. Shannon Duer chipped in with 14 points and eight boards of her own while Margaret Knollmeyer did her part with 10. As a team, the Bears shot 41.5 percent from the floor, made four of 11 from the three point line and went 14-20 from the charity stripe. Defensively, NYIT had five blocks, 11 steaks and forced 25 turnovers.
The visitors came out hot, connecting on five of their first seven field goals to go ahead 10-4 within the opening 3:27. Duer's jumper brought the Bears to within four but Bentley closed the quarter on an 8-0 run to take a 23-11 lead heading into the second.
At the 8:28 mark, Vukosavljevic's triple made it a 10-point game, but over the ensuing four minutes and 37 seconds, either team failed to score a point. Vukosavljevic, however, broke the silence with a field goal and then followed up with a trey to bring her team within five. Knollmeyer's layup with 18 second remaining sent the Bears into halftime down by just six.
NYIT erupted in the third quarter with 28 points on 12-21 shooting from the field. Williams accounted for 11 of them while Vukosavljevic chipped in with seven. After closing the gap to pull within three points with 3:27 left, Williams' triple knotted the game at 43 all and sparked a 15-2 run to close out the quarter. During that span, they drained six of seven attempts from the floor and took a 55-45 lead.
Williams kicked off the final quarter with another three pointer to give NYIT a 13 point cushion. With just under five minutes left to play, Bentley began a furious comeback, pulling to within seven after Jen Gemma knocked down a trey with 2:26 showing on the clock. However, four free throws from Williams and one from Vukosavljevic down the stretch put the game on ice as the Bears came away with the 72-60 upset win.
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