The Berkeley College women's basketball team defeated the College of Mount Saint Vincent 56-44 to improve to 10-8 on the season and continue to make a case for a second consecutive appearance in the USCAA National Tournament.

Mount Saint Vincent pulled in front 9-5 in the first five minutes and then would match their largest lead of the period on a basket at the 12:18 mark before going nearly 10 minutes before scoring again.

The Knights took advantage with an 8-0 run capped by a Milan Germany bucket. The team's would trade free-throws over the final 1:02 of the opening stanza and went to the intermission tied at 19-19. Berkeley was held to 17.6-percent shooting in the half but scored 10 of its 19 points off of 17 Mount Saint Vincent turnovers. The Knights also hauled in 12 offensive rebounds before the break and scored 12 second chance points.

The Dolphins opened the second stanza with 12 of the first 18 points scored to take their largest lead of the night, 31-25, with 16:28 left in regulation. An Aiyesha Brown three-pointer at the 13:52 mark started a 15-4 run for the Knights that saw them pull in front 40-35 at the midway point of the second period. The Dolphins would bounce back to tie it at 44-44 but would not score again with 6:15 remaining in the game.

Brown led the way for Berkeley with a game-high 25 points after shooting 8-for-23 overall and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. Germany added 13 points and team-highs in rebounds with 11 and blocks with two, while Rachel Thomas chipped in with 11 points and five rebounds.

Berkeley returns to action on Sunday against conference rival Albany Pharmacy at 2 P.M. at Hostos Community College.