The Berkeley College New York women’s basketball team opened the 2011-2012 season on a positive note with a hard earned 51-44 victory over host Manhattan Community College in the season opener for both teams.
The first half began as a low scoring affair with both teams struggling to find their offense. Then with 5:40 remaining in the half with Berkeley up by a single basket at 12-10, the Knights (1-0, 0-0) would close out the half on a 12-4 run. Junior forward/center Janay Collins (Bronx Guild/Bronx, NY) led the charge with 8 of the 12 points as Berkeley took a 24-14 lead into halftime.
The Knights would expand their lead in the second half by using their full court press to harrass the Lady Panthers (0-1, 0-0) causing numerous turnovers. Junior guard Savasia Caraballo (John F. Kennedy/Bronx, NY) contributed 4 free throws and 2 steals during a 12-6 run to increase the Berkeley lead to sixteen at 36-20. The Knights would maintain their double-digit lead for most of the remaining second half until a late Panther run would reduce the final margin to 7. Collins led all scorers with 23 points.
The Knights' next game will be Wednesday, November 16, at 7 P.M. against the United States Merchant Marine Academy.