Women's Basketball Wins Four of Last Five with Victory Against UDC, 66-44

Women's Basketball Wins Four of Last Five with Victory Against UDC, 66-44

Old Westbury, N.Y.- With the help of 20 points from Nina Vukosavljevic, the NYIT women's basketball team won by as many points over the Firebirds of the District of Columbia Saturday afternoon. The win improves the home team to 9-6 overall and almost even in ECC play at 3-4 as the visitors fall to 2-14 this season. 

Vukosavljevic led all players with 20 points, adding six assists and five steals as teammate Margaret Knollmeyer polished off her eighth double-double with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Almost reaching double-digit points was Shanice Allen who posted nine, while also responsible for four rebounds, three blocks and two steals. The Bears as a team out-shot UDC 39-percent (22-of-57) to 29-percent (14-of-48) from the field, had half as many turnovers as the Firebirds (20-10), and they out-rebounded their guests 43-31.

Bianca White opened the scoring on the day by burying a three-pointer to give the Firebirds an early 3-0 lead, but back-to-back layups by Knollmeyer put NYIT ahead to stay as the Bears marched on a 16-2 run over the next five minutes to soar in front, 16-5. The hosts would lead 21-12 at the end of the first quarter.

 NYIT then opened the second quarter on a 6-0 run to extend its lead to 27-12 nearly three minutes in, but another three-pointer by White ended that spell and kicked off a 9-0 response by the Firebirds that allowed them to pull within six, 27-21. The Bears would end the final three minutes of the 2nd quarter on a 7-0 run, however, and take a 34-21 lead at halftime.
The visitors attempted to capitalize during the third quarter, committing an 8-2 run, but NYIT rattled off 11 unanswered points to keep the Firebirds at bay. The Blue and Gold closed out the quarter on a 14-2 run and take a 50-31 lead heading into the 4thquarter.
UDC scored the first three points of the final period to cut the deficit to 16, but that was as close as the visitors would get the rest of the way as the home team coasted to a 22-point margin of victory.
NYIT women's basketball returns to action on Saturday, January 14 when they travel to Western New York to take on the Redhawks of Roberts Wesleyan. 

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