JAMAICA, N.Y. (Jan. 12, 2015) – The USMMA women's basketball team lost to non-conference foe York College, 61-59, on Monday night in Queens. The defeat drops the Mariners to 2-10 overall, while the Cardinals improve to 4-9.
Senior Demi VanDerWal (Springfield, Ill.) led Merchant Marine with 15 points and four steals, while freshman Tichina Carmon (Greenville, N.C.) recorded her second-consecutive double-double with 12 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Sophomore Julie Mall (Littlestown, Pa.) scored nine points and classmate Kelsey Hofmann (Adel, Iowa) led all players in the game with five assists.
For York, senior Tamika Taylor notched a game-high 20 points and brought down a team-best 10 boards. Junior Angelika Ruggiano chipped in with 13 points.
The Mariners held the advantage early in the contest before the teams swapped leads five times in a span of three and a half minutes from 16:02 to 12:33. The Cardinals took the game's biggest lead to that point at 10:19 when a three-point play by senior Stayce Kay Muirhead made the score 16-10. USMMA cut the deficit back down to one with five straight points, but York responded with a 12-0 run to take a 13-point lead, 28-15, and eventually went into the locker room at halftime with a 11-point advantage, 33-22.
Merchant Marine fought back to within five points three separate times in the first four minutes of the second half and then came within on, 39-38 at 13:37, after completing a 16-6 run with a layup by sophomore Rachel Wehlburg (Herndon, Va.). After falling back down by five points, 51-46 at 6:48, USMMA went on to tie the score at 53-all at 4:31 before taking a lead on a layup by Carmon at 3:18. York answered with a layup by Ruggiano and Carmon nailed a free throw to put the Mariners back up. That was the last lead they would hold however, as the Cardinals finished the final 1:23 with a 6-3 run.
The USMMA women's basketball team is back in action on Wednesday night when they play host to nationally ranked Landmark Conference opponent Scranton. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Liebertz Gymnasium in O'Hara Hall.