WOMEN DEFEAT ALBANY FOR 1ST TIME
The Berkeley College New York women's basketball team defeated Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences for the first time in their brief history by a score of 59-56 to improve to 11-8 overall and 4-1 in the Hudson Valley Women's Athletic Conference.
The Knights started the game poised as both teams were exchanging baskets for the first five minutes of play. Berkeley College then went on a mini 6-0 run to take a 14-7 lead, sparked by an Olivia Byfield and-one off an offensive rebound. The Panthers would come back to within one point, 16-15, on a free throw by Alexa Schooley, however, the Knights quickly turned in an 8-0 run to go up, 24-15, with 3:34 remaining in the first half. The Knights would extend to an 11 point lead twice before going into the locker up, 31-20. Milan Germany led the Knights with 10 points, while Schooley led the Panthers with 10 points as well.
The Knights would extend their lead to 14 points in the opening three minutes of the second half but the Panthers were not fazed as they used that as motivation to make a strong comeback, using a 6-0 run to get them under ten points. Then, with 13 minutes remaining in the game both teams traded baskets as Berkeley maintained their lead for a while, until Kelsey Johnson drained a lay-up that tied the game at 52-52 with four minutes remaining in the game. Germany scored on the Knights next possession to re-take the lead, 54-52. After a few missed shots by both teams, the Panther’s Schooley tied the game at 54-54 with 2:21 remaining.
Turnovers would haunt both teams in the next couple of possessions and with just over one minute to play; Aiyesha Brown hit a three pointer that put the Knights up, 57-54. About a minute later, Germany came up with a steal that led to a Rachel Thomas fast-break lay-up, which would ice the game for the Knights.
Berkeley College was led by Germany’s 17 points and eight steals. Tierra Williams grabbed nine boards and couple of key baskets, while Brown chipped in with 14 points and six rebounds.