Sparkill, N.Y. - The NYIT women's basketball team returned to action against St. Thomas Aquinas College in an East Coast Conference contest Saturday afternoon. With almost a double-digit advantage heading into halftime, the Bears held on to complete a 68-54 decision to pick up their first conference victory. The loss hands the Spartans their first ECC loss, as the sport a 7-3 overall record as NYIT improves to 6-5 this season.
Leading the way for the Blue and Gold was rookie Margaret Knollmeyer, who for the second game this week put up double-figure points, this time with 16. Also in double-digits were Nina Vukosavljevic and Sofia Georgiadi, who were responsible for 15 and 12, respectively. The visitors shot nearly fifty percent from the field, finishing the contest at 46.6 percent behind 27-for-58. Just two Spartans scored over-ten with Adiya Henderson collecting 12 and Ruth Adams coming off the bench to contribute 11.
A high-paced first quarter led to the Lady Spartans holding a 16-14 lead, but NYIT took charge in the second, with forward Knollmeyer spurring her Bears to a 38-29 halftime lead. Kesi Goree came into the game to knock down a three to open the second frame, which sent the Blue and Gold on a 7-3 run, to lead 21-19. Julie Williams, Shanice Allen and Vukosavljevic all contributed in the closing two minutes to keep the home team at bay.
The Bears offense continued to press as they lead by 11 on more than two occasions. STAC had opportunities to close the gap in quarter three but the offense struggled, and a Chelsea Murphy three-point play kept the score at 52-42 as the frame came to a close. The scoring woes for the home team continued into the final session as the hosts never drew closer than eight the rest of the way. Balanced scoring from NYIT's starters and 5-for-6 shooting from the charity stripe closed the door on the program's first league win of the 2016-17 campaign.
The women's basketball team returns to the court on Wednesday, December 14 when the Bears travel to take on Daemen College at 4:00 p.m.
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