Berkeley College of New York women's basketball team unable to stage late rally in 67-62 defeat to Lynx

The Berkeley College of New York women’s basketball team had its three-game winning streak snapped Sunday afternoon, as the Knights fell to the Lynx of New Hampshire Technical Institute by a score of 67-62 at the Wellness Center on the campus of the College of New Rochelle. With the loss, Berkeley dipped to a record of 12-4 on the season.

The Knights scored the first five points of the afternoon, and led for a majority of the opening session, until NHTI’s Thalia Garcia converted on a layup to give the Lynx a 22-21 advantage with 6:57 left in the half. 43 seconds later, junior forward Patricia Patterson banked-in a layup to put Berkeley back on top 23-22. The Knights would outscore the Lynx 18-5 the remainder of the period to take a 41-27 edge into the locker room at halftime.

New Hampshire Institute of Technology began the second half with a surge, netting the first nine points of the stanza to pull to within five points at 41-36 with 16:20 remaining on the clock. The Knights would maintain their lead until the clock bled to 6:18 left, and that’s when Danielle Kimball of the Lynx would drain a three-point basket to tie the game at 52 apiece.

With the game knotted up at 52-all, the Lynx would put together a 9-2 run to take a 61-54 advantage with 3:55 to play. The Knights refused to go quietly though, as a layup by freshman center Rondesha Diamond and a three-point basket by senior guard Aiyesha Brown pulled Berkeley to within two (61-59) with 2:37 to go. A layup by New Hampshire Institute of Technology’s Thalia Garcia gave the Lynx a four point lead at 63-59, but the Knights responded with a converted shot from downtown by Knights newcomer Jasmine Sanders. With 1:28 remaining in the contest, the Lynx led 63-62.

Following the three-point conversion from Sanders, Berkeley College would fail to score another point, and the Lynx nailed all four of their free throw attempts in the final 67 seconds of regulation to account for their five point victory.

Despite the loss for the Knights, it was Brown leading the way as she netted a game-high 25 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. Junior forward Milan Germany posted another double-double, as she dropped in 15 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds while also dishing seven assists and blocking two shots.

In a winning effort for New Hampshire Institute of Technology, it was Allura LeBlanc posting team-highs in points with 20 and rebounds with eight. Garcia added 14 points and four assists, and Kimball finalized her evening with 12 points and seven boards.

The Lynx connected on 48.1 percent of their shots (25-52) compared to just 31.4 percent for the Knights (22-70). Berkeley dominated the glass, out-rebounding New Hampshire Institute of Technology 50-31. Both teams dished 14 assists and tallied five steals, and the Lynx won the turnover battle, committing just 10 miscues to the Knights’ 12.

Berkeley College will return to action Monday evening as the Knights play host to Yeshiva University. Start-time at the Wellness Center on the campus of the College of New Rochelle is scheduled for 8:00pm.