Old Westsbury, N.Y. - The NYIT women's basketball team returned to action Thursday evening with a non-conference contest against Goldey-Beacom College. Despite holding a lead into the final quarter of play, the Bears dropped a narrow 70-67 decision to the Lightning, who improves to 5-5 this season, identical to the hosts.
Margaret Knollmeyer posted a career-best 27 points behind 12-14 shooting from the field to lead all players, despite the loss. Also in double-digit points was Shanice Allen who finished with 10 points while adding three steals and three assists. Julie Williams and Nina Vukosavljevic each ended the contest with seven points and five assists apiece.
After an opening quarter where the Bears took a 21-17 lead, the Lightning was able to hold the hosts to just six points in the second to take a commanding 39-27 advantage heading into the locker room. Knollmeyer knocked down eight of her 27 points in the first quarter alone, as teammate Kesi Goree came off the bench to contribute seven in the contest. A jumper from Kristen Kelly with under 30 seconds to play in the opening frame, stretched the home team lead to four points.
A layup from Margherita Giubilei at 7:22 in the second sparked a 12-0 run in favor of the Lightning as the Blue and Gold were struck with turnovers and untimely fouls. Allen's three-pointer coupled with a free throw from Sofia Georgiadi were the only points to come from the NYIT offense in the closing three minutes before halftime.
Roles quickly reversed as the Bears came out on fire in the third quarter, outscoring their opponents 24-9. Knollmeyer added 10 in the third alone with five-point contributions from both Aallen and Williams to finish the frame shooting over fifty percent from the field. A 24-4 run bolstered NYIT's lead heading into the last quarter of action.
Goldey-Beacom's bench added 10 points in the closing 10 minutes, as the Bears let an eight-point lead slip away with under four minutes to compete. The Lightning struck with 11 unanswered points and took a lead with just under a minute with a three-pointer from Destiny Harper. Knollmeyer retorted with a tre of her own, but an offensive rebound for the visitors put them ahead with 29 seconds left. An offensive foul was called late on the home team, sending them to the line to seal the deal.
The squad returns to action on Saturday, December 10 when they take on St. Thomas Aquinas in Sparkill, N.Y. at 1:00 p.m.
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