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Mariner women's late rally falls short in 67-62 loss to St. Joseph's

KINGS POINT, N.Y. – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy overcame one 10-point deficit in the second half, but could not get over the hill on another as their late rally fell short in a 67-62 loss in a non-conference women's basketball game at Liebertz Gymnasium on Tuesday night.

Guard Tamara Kaileh led the Mariners (1-5) with 19 points and Roshenda Josephs added 10.

For the Golden Eagles (5-4), Nicole Redding led the way with 19 points. Christina Cohen chipped in 17 points and Amanda Bender contributed 16 points and 15 rebounds.

The second half turned out to be a frustrating time for the Mariners, who overcame a 10-point deficit in the early going.

After the Golden Eagles took a 39-29 lead with 18:28 remaining, the hosts went on a 14-3 tear over 5:10 to grab a 43-42 edge on Emily Meehan layup and ensuing foul shot with 13:18.

During that span, the Mariners Kaileh led the way with four points and Alexandra Winfree (eight points off the bench), Rebecca Resor (eight points), Josephs and Meehan added two points ahead.

But then the Golden Eagles outscored Merchant Marine, 18-7, over a 6:29 span to pull away to a 60-50 advantage with 6:39 remaining. Cohen led the way with 10 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Bender added three-point shot of her own during the surge.

But the Mariners would not give up as they tried to overcome their second-point deficit. After the teams traded baskets, they outscored the visitors, 10-2, over a 4:11 span  to slice a 62-52 deficit to 64-62 wwith 35.5 seconds remaining.

Kaileh tallied seven points during that span, including 5-of-6 from the free-throw line. In fact, the Mariners lived off the line during that tear as Josephs converted two shots and Meehan one.

Cohen, however, converted three foul shots over the final 33.6 seconds to ice the game.

Kaileh had one of her best shooting nights of the season, sinking 7-of-13 shots from the field. Winfree hit a pair of three-point shots.

Sara Ellenberger came off the bench to score seven points in 13 second-half minutes.

The Merchant Marines close out 2011 as they host Vaughn College at Liebertz at 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Photo: Tamara Kaileh led the Merchant Marines with 19 points. Photo by Shawn Antonelli.