Old Westbury, N.Y. - The NYIT women's basketball team returned to East Coast Conference action against defending champions Queens College Saturday afternoon. The Bears trailed by just two at the half and could not overcome the Knights as they dropped a 72-61 decision in Recreation Hall to move to 5-4 this season.
Leading the Bears in the loss was Nina Vukosavljevic who had 16 points accompanied with 10 assists for her second double-double of the season. Also in double-digit points was Shannon Duer, who contributed 10 points behind 5-for-10 shooting from the field. Kesi Goree and Sofia Georgiadi were the two players to come off the bench to add a combined 13 points. For the Knights, Madison and Mackenzie Rowland topped all players with 25 and 20, respectively.
NYIT trailed by seven through the middle of the first quarter, but used five unanswered points from Duer and Georgiadi to come within one. The Knights got in the last word with a jumper from Beth Bonin with under ten seconds to play, leaving time to expire with the Bears trailing by three. The Blue and Gold still trailed for much of the second frame, until Goree knocked down a three-pointer at 2:41 that locked the game at 29-29.
The home team was able to take the lead on back-to-back free throws from Vukosavljevic, however foul trouble for NYIT allowed Queens to push ahead as the teams broke for the locker room. Mac. Rowland made it a ten-point game with her free throw at 1:38 in the third, which was enough to hold onto a six-point advantage as the quarter came to a close.
Neither team scored in the opening two minutes until Queens' Emer Moloney drained a jumper to extend the lead, holding the hosts to just four points over the next four minutes. Shanice Allen cut the lead to single digits but Mad. Rowland and Bonin combined for nine points with under three to play to keep the hosting Bears at bay.
The women's basketball team returns to action on Thursday, December 8 when they host Goldey-Beacom in non-conference action at 7:00 p.m.
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