Women's Basketball team puts forth valiant effort, but falls to Dolphins, 88-75

The Berkeley College women’s basketball team had its five-game winning streak snapped on Thursday evening, falling to the Dolphins of the College of Mount Saint Vincent by a score of 88-75 at the Peter Jay Sharp Center in Riverdale, NY. With the loss, the Knights dipped to 9-3 on the 2013-2014 campaign, while the Dolphins won their fifth straight tilt, improving to 11-3 on the year.

Mount Saint Vincent appeared to be in complete control of this one, leading by a score of 42-33 at the half, and then holding a 16 point advantage – 57-41 – with 14:18 remaining in the game. Berkeley College – just as it did this past Sunday – exemplified a fighting spirit – battling back by outscoring the Dolphins 28-14 over the ensuing 10:21 to pull to within two points at 71-69. Trailing by only two, the Knights had a chance to tie the game, but junior guard Janay Thomas’ 10-foot jump shot was off the mark, and Mount Saint Vincent scored six straight points after that to increase their lead back up to eight points (77-69) with 2:12 left on the clock.

Berkeley College refused to go away quietly, pulling to within four points at 79-75 with just over a minute remaining. The Dolphins, however, would nail three more field goals and two free throws in the final 69 seconds to ice the game.

Despite the loss for the Knights, junior forward Milan Germany posted team-highs in points with 26 and rebounds with 13. She also dished six assists as well, and tallied five steals. Thomas posted a double-double with 18 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, and four steals, and junior forward Patricia Patterson added 18 points and eight rebounds as well. Despite posting a solid shooting percentage from the floor (41.9 percent, 31-74), inconsistency from the charity stripe likely cost Berkeley, as the Knights drained just eight of their 19 attempts from the line.

Mount Saint Vincent was paced by junior center Kelly Fraser, as she posted game-highs in points with 28 (while connecting on 12 of her 21 shots from the floor) and rebounds with 15. The Staten Island, NY native also collected three assists and swatted three shots. Freshman Brittany Carroll contributed 17 points and three steals, and freshman guard Brittany Lee posted a double-double with 15 points and 12 caroms.

The Dolphins showed impressive efficiency shooting the basketball, nailing 50.7 percent of their attempts from the floor (35-69) and 14 of their 19 shots from the free throw line (73.7 percent). Mount Saint Vincent held a 46-39 edge on the glass, and Berkeley College owned the assist category, dishing 19 to the Dolphins’ 17. The teams tallied 10 steals apiece.

The Knights will return to action Saturday evening, as Berkeley will battle St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in a Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest. Start-time is scheduled for 5:30pm.