KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 12, 2016) – The USMMA women's basketball team dropped a non-conference contest to visiting City College of New York, 66-57, on Tuesday night at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The loss, which was the Mariners' first to a non-Landmark team this season, drops the squad's record to 5-7 on the season, while the Beavers improve to 8-7.
Sophomore Tichina Carmon (Greenville, N.C.) recorded a team-high 14 points and nearly had a double-double by matching the game-best of nine rebounds. Freshman Miller Torrance (Concord, N.H.) added 12 from the bench and sophomore Samantha Drake (Centereach, N.Y.) contributed 10 points and seven boards.
The Beavers scored right off the opening tip, as freshman Debra Chan hit a layup. The visitors quickly built the lead up to 10 points (15-5) in the opening 2:21 of the game. CCNY applied full-court pressure throughout the game (especially early on), which led to a total of 25 Mariner turnovers in the 40 minutes of action. The Beavers took advantage and turned that into a total of 26 points off of turnovers on the night – 18 of which came in the first half.
Merchant Marine kept responding, however, and kept the score close the entire game. The Mariners grabbed the lead on two occasions toward the middle of the second quarter, but a 10-2 run to finish the half by City College put the teams into the locker rooms with the Beavers leading, 34-27.
USMMA opened the third strongly with a 10-2 run to take a one-point lead, 37-36, at 4:59 after a jumper by sophomore Myckenzie Toler (Prunedale, Calif.). Toler finished with six points on the night. However, just over a minute later, the Beavers regained the advantage and then took the next two minutes to build their lead up to seven, 44-37, with an 8-0 run. In the final 1:08 of the third, Torrance nailed two three-pointers around a three by CCNY junior Erika Richards and the quarter ended with the visitors ahead by just four, 47-43.
That was the closest the Mariners would come, however, as City College held off any potential fourth-quarter comeback. The Beavers were perfect from the free-throw line after Merchant Marine tried to foul late to keep the score close. They hit all eight of their attempted FTs, including six by sophomore Liz Durchhalter, and held on for the nine-point victory.
Durchhalter led all players in the game with 19 points, while senior Tiara Brown contributed 17 points, a team-high nine rebounds and a game-high four steals. Richards added 13 points to lead all bench players.
Up next, the Mariners will hit the road for a non-conference tilt against future Skyline Conference opponent St. Joseph's of Long Island on Thursday, Jan. 14. Tipoff against the Golden Eagles is scheduled for 6 p.m. at SJC's Danzi Athletic Center. Live stats will be available for the contest by following this link.
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