Old Westbury, N.Y. - With a two-point lead headed into the final quarter, the NYIT women's basketball team dropped an 82-73 decision to the University of Bridgeport Wednesday afternoon. Both teams picked up victories over No. 1 Bentley University over the weekend, however the loss today drops the Bears to 5-3 as the Purple Knights improve to 5-1 overall.
Four starters for the Blue and Gold finished the contest in double-figures, with Julie Williams leading the way with 18. Shannon Duer and Shanice Allen both contributed 16 and Nina Vukosavljevic rounded out the bunch with 15. Duer completed the double-double with 10 rebounds and Vukosavljevic nearly missed as she dished out nine assists.
Both the teams were even through the first 10 minutes of play as a back-and-forth affair brought the score to 13 all. Bridgeport had to overcome several obstacles to come away with Wednesday's victory, as the Purple Knights committed 20 turnovers that led to 24 NYIT points. The host Bears also grabbed a whopping total of 23 offensive rebounds and hit nine three-point shots, but it was not enough for NYIT to come away with the win, as the Purple Knights were red-hot from the floor connecting on 54.7 percent of their field goal attempts (29 of 53) for the game.
The visitors took control in the final quarter with an explosive 34 points in ten minutes to the Bears 23, which ultimately led them to their fifth consecutive win. The Blue and Gold knocked down four straight three-pointers to open the fourth and maintain a lead, however seven unanswered points put the Purple Knights ahead with 4:10 to play. Margaret Knollmeyer and Tiara Place made late contributions down the stretch however it was not enough to break the momentum of Bridgeport.
NYIT women's basketball returns to action on Saturday, December 3 when they host Queens College in the first set of the East Coast Conference doubleheader, in Recreation Hall.
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