Old Wesbury, N.Y. - The NYIT women's basketball had four starters in double-figures in a home contest featuring East Coast Conference foe Daemen College Wednesday evening. The hosts improve to 13-9 overall and move to an even 7-7 in league action as the visiting Wildcats drop to 10-12 this season and post the same conference record. The two teams are now tied for fifth place in the league standings. Both teams are battling for one of six spots in the upcoming ECC Championship Tournament.
Leading the charge for NYIT was rookie Margaret Knollmeyer who finished with 21 points, behind 9-for-13 shooting from the field and added eight rebounds to the stat line. Shanice Allen, who was 4-for-7 from three point range finished next in line with 20 points as Julie Williams and Nina Vukosavljevic were responsible for 16 and 13, respectively. Williams capped the double-double with 11 rebounds and also added five assists and three steals. For Daemen, Leah McDonnell topped all players with a career-best 30 points which included a 9-for-15 performance from the field.
Daemen connected on just one of its first seven shots, while the Bears were good on six of their first eight shots en route to an early 13-2 lead. The Wildcats quickly cut the lead to six points, 15-9, following a 7-2 spurt, but NYIT scored the next six points and eventually took its largest lead of the first quarter, 24-11, following a three-pointer by Allen with 2:28 left in the quarter. NYIT took a 28-18 lead into the second quarter.
The NYIT lead was eight points, 31-23, two and a half minutes into the second quarter, before a conventional three-point play by Allen sparked the hosts on a 13-6 run. Allen's fourth three-pointer of the first half capped the run and gave the Bears a 44-29 lead with 3:34 left in the half. Two free throws gave NYIT its largest lead of the game, 46-29, less than a minute later, but Daemen closed the half with seven unanswered points and the Bears took a 46-36 lead into halftime.
NYIT opened the second half with a jumper by Williams, but Daemen answered with a three-pointer by Saba and the Wildcats later cut the lead to six points, 51-45, following a jumper by Saba with just over six minutes left in the frame. Williams answered with a three-pointer 10 seconds later, and the hosts regained a double-digit lead after Knollmeyer made one-of-two free throws with 5:17 left in the third. The NYIT lead was eight points when the Bears struck for six unanswered points and upped the lead to 14 points, 63-49, after Vukosavljevic canned two free throws with 2:27 left in the quarter. The Bears took a 66-53 lead into the fourth.
Daemen opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back three-pointers by McDonell and Galus, and the Wildcats later cut the lead to six points, 69-63, following a jump shot by Saba with 5:45 left. Daemen went scoreless for the next 2:26, which allowed NYIT to regain control and eventually take a 12-point lead, 75-63, after Allen canned one-of-two free throws with 3:19 to play. Daemen came no closer than nine points down the stretch.
After connecting on just 7-of-21 shots in the first quarter, Daemen shot 43-percent (20-46) the rest of the game and finished 27-for-67 (40%) overall. The Wildcats went 7-for-30 from long range and canned13-of-21 free throws. NYIT made 13-of-17 shots in the first quarter and finished 29-of-57 (51%) from the field overall. The Bears made an efficient 7-of-15 from behind the arc and canned 20-of-27 free throws.
The Bears posted a 47-28 edge in total rebounds, and the hosts also finished with a 42-32 advantage in points-in-the-paint. NYIT turned the ball over 23 times, which Daemen converted into a 32-14 edge in points off turnovers.
The women's basketball team returns to action on Saturday, February 11 when they take on the Firebirds of District of Columbia in their home gym. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:00 p.m.
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