KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Feb. 6, 2015) – Every single player on the USMMA women's basketball team roster scored and recorded at least one rebound in a 68-35 non-conference victory over the College of New Rochelle on Friday night at O'Hara Hall. The win improved the Mariners to 4-16 overall, matching the squad's win total from the 2013-14 season, while the Blue Angels fall to 9-7.
Freshman Jenna Wetherington () scored 14 points off the bench to lead all players in the game, while classmate Sarah Milafsky (Aurora, Colo.) had the first double-digit output of her career, draining 10 points. Freshmen Tichina Carmon (Greenville, N.C.) and Samantha Drake (Centereach, N.Y.) added nine and eight points, respectively. Carmon brought down a team-best seven rebounds, while Wetherington, Sam Drake and senior Sarah Ellenberger (Phoenix, Ariz.) all had six boards.
The game was close in the first half, as the lead changed five times. CNR started the game on a 5-0 run, but the Mariners fought back take an 8-7 lead at 14:40 on a jumper by Carmon. After a layup by New Rochelle and a free throw by senior Demi VanDerWal (Springfield, Ill.), the score was tied at 9-9 at 12:48. The next basket didn't come for another two minutes, when Hofmann hit a jumper to give USMMA the lead again.
Merchant Marine extended the advantage to five points, but the Blue Angels charged back with an 8-2 run to take a one-point lead. That would turn out to be their last lead of the night, however, as the Mariners finished the half strong and took a 26-23 lead into the locker room at halftime.
It didn't take long for the Mariners' lead to hit double figures in the second half, as a layup by Carmon at 18:12 put the home squad up, 33-23, and forced CNR to burn a timeout. On the night, USMMA scored 20 points off of turnovers and many of them came early in the second stanza. The advantage would hit 22 points at 10:31 on a three-pointer by Milafsky and reached as high as 33 when Ellenberger hit a jumper at 4:54.
The Mariners return to action on Monday night, Feb. 9, with a non-conference home game against the College of Mount St. Vincent. Game time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Liebertz Gymnasium at O'Hara Hall.