KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Jan. 13, 2018) – Senior Tichina Carmon's (Greenville, N.C.) third consecutive double-double (26 points, 10 rebounds) led the USMMA women's basketball team to a statement win over Farmingdale State, 65-62, on Saturday at the Liebertz Gym. The Mariners move to 11-3 overall and 7-2 in Skyline play and leapfrog the Rams for third place in the standings. Farmingdale State fell to 8-8 overall and 7-2 in Skyline action and had its three-game winning streak snapped.
At the conclusion of the game, the USMMA women's basketball program joined with the Athletics Department, USMMA administration, the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation and special guests, including MARAD Administrator Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby '79 (who spoke to the team prior to tipoff), to celebrate the new gym floor with a ribbon cutting ceremony. More information on the special event can be found by following this link.
A photo gallery of the game can be seen at this link.
Carmon and sophomore Kaleigh D'Arcy (White Plains, N.Y.) both scored in double-figures for Merchant Marine, as Carmon matched her career-high with 26 points and was a perfect 12-12 from the free-throw line and D'Arcy added 13 points, while also grabbing down eight boards and tying for the game-high with four assists.
Sophomore Shelby Peters (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) led all players with 16 rebounds and had a team-high two blocks, while contributing eight points. Sophomore Taylor Hightower (White Plains, Md.) added nine points from the bench and senior Gabrielle Salazar (Memphis, Tenn.) contributed seven points and three assists, while freshman Kiana Vega (El Paso, Texas) had two points in the win.
As a team, the Mariners were a perfect 21-for-21 from the charity swipe on the afternoon. The Mariners extended their winning-streak to three games despite 30 turnovers on the day.
Farmingdale State's senior Liz Durchalter opened the game's scoring with a three-pointer 28 seconds in to give the Rams the early lead. The Mariners put together an 8-0 run and held the Rams without a point for 4:13 to take an 8-3 advantage. FSC evened it up at 8-apiece with a 5-0 run out of a timeout. Both teams traded three-point leads down the stretch of the opening quarter, but ended the first gridlocked at 18-18. Carmon scored 10 of her 16 first-half points in the first 10 minutes.
The Rams started the second strong with a 5-0 run and held the Mariners without a bucket for the first 2:20 to lead 23-18. USMMA countered right back with 9-0 run to regain the lead 29-23 at 3:25. Farmingdale State got the deficit to within four, but the Mariners would score six of the last nine points to lead 35-28 at halftime.
FSC scored the first five points of the third to cut the USMMA lead to 35-33. The Rams outscored the Mariners 17-9 overall in the third period and led 45-44 after 30 minutes.
Nine of the first 13 points early in the fourth allowed the Rams to build their largest lead of the afternoon, six points, 54-48, with 5:58 remaining. However, the Mariners outscored Farmingdale State 17-8 down the stretch to take a 61-59 lead with 32 seconds left on a jumper by Carmon. The Mariners had a stop on the next possession despite Farmingdale getting three shots off and the visitors fouled with 11 seconds to go.
D'Arcy nailed both her free throws and before Farmingdale junior Alexis Antonacci hit a three-pointer with three seconds to play to make it a one-point game. The Rams fouled once again and Salazar made both her free throws with a second left to seal the victory.
Four Rams scored in double-digits for the eleventh time in sixteen games. Antonacci led the way with 20 points, senior Kaelyn Ward posted 16 points and classmates Durchhalter and Essence Casey added 11 and 10, respectively. Ward also brought down a team-best six rebounds.
The Mariners will be back in action this Tuesday, Jan. 16, on the road at Purchase beginning at 8 p.m. Live stats for the Skyline contest will be available at this link.
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Recap written by John Kelly Jr.