Amherst, N.Y. - The NYIT women's basketball team was held to single digits in two of four quarters in an East Coast Conference contest Saturday afternoon, resulting in an 84-58 loss to Roberts Wesleyan. The Redhawks improve to 10-7 overall with a 4-3 mark in league play as the Bears move to 9-7 this season and drop to 3-5 against ECC opponents.
Margaret Knollmeyer and Shanice Allen were the lone members of the NYIT women's squad to reached double-figure points, chipping in 16 and 12, respectively. Knollmeyer followed up the points with 15 rebounds for her ninth double-double this season, while also adding two blocks. The Redhawks had five players finish in double-figures with two of those performances coming from individuals off the bench.
The Bears seven points in the first quarter came within the first three minutes of the game, as two buckets from Knollmeyer capped with a three-pointer from Allen jumped NYIT out to a 7-0 lead. The hosts came back firing with their first knock down at 7:09 and rattled off 24 more points over the next seven minutes to maintain a 26-7 advantage heading into the second frame.
Roberts Wesleyan opened the second with five points and neither team scored over the next two minutes until Knollmeyer netted a free throw for NYIT's first bucket over a span of 10 minutes. The Redhawks took their largest lead of 25 with seven seconds on the clock as the visitors only managed seven points through the second quarter compared to the home teams' 13.
For the Bears in the third quarter, Nina Vukosavljevic posted a team-high nine points with nearly perfect shooting from the field, three-point range and from the charity stripe. Tiara Place also came off the bench to contribute seven points, three rebounds and one block. Each team netted 25 points, however the Redhawks were able to maintain their advantage by as many points.
The 19 points from the Bears offense in the final frame was not enough to take down the home team, as they ultimately suffered an 85-58 setback.
NYIT women's basketball returns to action on Wednesday, January 18 when they host the Mavericks of Mercy College. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. as the first game of the ECC doubleheader.
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