Old Westbury, N.Y. - The NYIT women's basketball team played host to Molloy College Wednesday evening as they returned to th court for the first time in 2017. After trailing by nine at halftime, the team let a 64-61 decision slip away to move to 8-6 this season as the Lions improve to 11-4 overall and 3-2 in conference play.
Pacing the Bears offense was ECC Rookie of the Week, who was responsible for 20 points and nearly missed a double-double with eight rebounds. Also in double figure points despite the loss was Shanie Allen who finished the contest with 15, behind 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range. Leading all players in the matchup was Symone Kelly with 21, while two of her teammates chipped in 14 apiece.
The home team started off with a five-point margin but 12 unanswered points from the Lions swung the momentum quickly in their favor as the first quarter came to a close. The visitors were able to maintain a comfortable lead to open the second frame, despite several contributions from Allen and Knollmeyer. NYIT was held scoreless from 3:36 til under a minute to go in which Molloy was able to sneak in seven more points to hold an 11-point lead as the teams broke for their respective locker rooms.
A layup from Knollmeyer at the 8:21 mark in the third quarter forced the Lion lead to dip back into the single digits, in a frame where NYIT outscored the visitors however the Bears still trailed by nine heading into the finale. Sofia Georgiadi had a layin at 6:36 but the Maroon and White responded with another knock-down from beyond the arc to keep the hosts at bay.
Molloy was able to hold on to their double-figure lead until Kesi Goree registered a bucket off the bench at 5:33 to bring the deficit down to eight. Julie Williams nailed a three-pointer at 3:51 to come within two and another at 1:06 that had the Lions only up by one down the stretch. The teams traded turnovers and a late foul sent Kamala Thompson to the where she made both to extend the advantage with under 10 seconds remaining. The Blue and Gold got up one more shot but it was too late as time expired, moving the Bears to 8-6 this season.
NYIT women's hoops returns to action on Saturday, January 7 when they host District of Columbia at 3 p.m. in the second contest of the ECC twinbill.
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