The New York women's basketball team accomplished something no other basketball or soccer program has ever done in Berkeley College history Monday night and that was to lead a member of the powerful NJAC Conference at halftime. The Knights played inspired basketball to enter the half with a 22 to 21 lead over NJCU. It was the latest in a series of firsts for the first-year program.
Berkeley was led by 6-foot-2 freshman center Rahinet Koti (Bronx, NY/Walton), who finished with 15 rebounds (10 defensive), seven points, six blocks and two steals in 35 minutes before fouling out. She had nine rebounds in the first half.
Also for the Knights, sophomore guard Olivia Byfield (Queens, NY/Washington Irving) tallied 14 points and nine rebounds (eight defensive), with eight points and six rebounds in the first half. Freshman guard Linda Staples (Plainfield, NJ/Plainfield) added 12 points (5-14 FG, 2-5 3FG), collecting eight points and five caroms in the opening half.
Berkeley scored 11 of the final 15 points of the first half to claim its first lead of the game with 1:21 remaining and led at the break, 22-21.
Staples jumper at 18:39 of the second half gave BC a three-point lead (24-21) before NJCU scored seven straight for a 28-24 lead. With NJCU ahead 28-26 with 15:35 remaining, the Knights amassed a 12-3 run to build a double-digit, 40-29 lead. Back-to-back baskets by Clark capped the run. Berkeley could not draw closer than nine the remainder of the game with the final score NJCU 60, Berkeley 47.