Daemen hands women's basketball winless upstate swing

Hanna Ghonim shoots from close range at Daemen on Sunday.
Hanna Ghonim shoots from close range at Daemen on Sunday.

AMHERST, N.Y. — The NYIT women's basketball team remains one of the top squads in the East Coast Conference. The Bears endured a frustrating weekend, though, in upstate New York.

Host Daemen defeated NYIT, 79-76, on Sunday afternoon at Lumsden Gymnasium to hand the Bears a winless road trip.

Roberts Wesleyan had defeated NYIT, 79-70, on Friday in Rochester.

Against Daemen, NYIT trailed by as many as nine points late in the second quarter. The Bears clawed back, though, retaking the lead, 54-53, on Maia Hood's layup off a feed from Madison Strippoli with 2 minutes, 5 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

However, Daemen answered with an 8-0 run to close the quarter, highlighted by consecutive three-pointers by Sydney Jones. The Wildcats ultimately built a 62-54 lead early in the fourth quarter before NYIT freshman Taylor Tripptree converted a layup to stop the bleeding.

NYIT did whittle its deficit to 72-70 when Nina Vukosavljevic drained a three-pointer with 3:33 remaining, but Hood was called for a traveling violation and had a shot blocked the next two possessions and the Bears never did pull even.

NYIT dropped to 10-7 overall and 4-3 in the ECC.

Hood led the Bears with 23 points, while Vukosavljevic added 20.