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.
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