The New York women's basketball team lost 75-54 in a pivotal HVWAC conference game to St. Joseph's College on Saturday night at Brooklyn Technical High School.
The Lady Bears (10-9, 1-0 HVWAC) moved above .500 for the second time this season in handing the Knights (7-7, 1-1 HVWAC) their first loss in Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference play.
The Knights were paced by junior forward Milan Germany, who tallied a game-high 23 points along with nine rebounds, nine steals and six assists for a near triple-double. Senior guard Aiyesha Brown added 17 points and nine boards for a near double-double.
Despite shooting 42 percent (10-for-24) in the opening frame and maintaining a 27-19 advantage on the glass, St. Joseph's held a slim 29-25 advantage at halftime, plagued by 18 turnovers that led to 16 Berkeley points.
The Lady Bears protected the ball much better in the second half and shot a blistering 55 percent (16-for-29) to pull away from the Knights. St. Joseph's used a 9-0 run in two minutes to build a double-digit lead that would remain out of danger for the remainder of the game.
For the game, the Lady Bears finished shooting 49 percent from the field (26-of-53) and held a 53-37 advantage on the boards.
The Knights return to action on Saturday when they host NHTI at the Berkeley Invitational.