Maia Hood matches career high with 28 points as women's basketball avoids scare from UDC

Madison Strippoli made her first start of the season on Saturday.
Madison Strippoli made her first start of the season on Saturday.

WASHINGTON — The NYIT women's basketball team avoided a scare from District of Columbia and snapped a season-high three-game losing streak on Saturday.

After trailing by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, the Bears stormed back to defeat UDC, 82-75.

NYIT improved to 11-8 overall and 5-4 in the East Coast Conference.

Maia Hood continued her scoring resurgence, posting a career-high-matching 28 points. She had an identical scoring outburst against Mercy on Dec. 6.

Shalie Frierson added 19 points. Corinn Baggs, who returned this week after a 15-game absence, rejoined the starting lineup on Saturday and tallied 14 points.

Madison Strippoli made the first start since her freshman year two seasons ago and ultimately logged 12 minutes.

UDC lost its 16th straight game.

Hood is averaging 20.8 ppg over her last four games.

NYIT now has a full week to prepare for a showdown with LIU Post at Recreation Hall.

In a battle of ECC unbeatens, the Pioneers topped St. Thomas Aquinas 79-68 on Saturday in Sparkill to improve to 9-0 in league play.

LIU Post edged NYIT, 73-69, in Brookville on Dec. 13. NYIT failed to protect a six-point lead with 4:13 remaining in that game en route to the defeat.