NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle Women's Basketball team took a 30-26 lead into the second half against Keystone College Friday night in non-conference action, but Keystone outscored CNR 21-11 in the third period. The result was a 74-67 loss to the Giants. The Giants improve to 3-1 on the season while the Blue Angels fall to 1-4.
CNR jumped out to an 11-4 lead over the first six minutes of Friday night's contest and would lead by as many as nine points before holding a 16-8 lead after the first period. Keystone used a 7-0 run to tie the contest at 20-20 with 3:48 remaining in the second quarter but the Blue Angels hit back to back three-pointers to reclaim the lead before taking a 30-26 advantage into the locker room.
Senior Jasmine Brandon (Jersey City, NJ) led all players with nine points, six rebounds, and three assists in the first half. The Blue Angels shot 38.7 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes of play while going 3-12 from three-point range and 3-4 from the free throw line.
After a layup by Brandon to start the second half, Keystone answered with an 8-0 run to take a 34-32 lead with 6:28 remaining in the third period on a Nina Hodanich layup. The Blue Angels went back in front on a three-pointer by senior JaNasha King (Jersey City, NJ). After trading buckets, with 4:24 remaining Keystone went on a game-clinching 11-3 run to close the quarter with a 47-41 advantage.
Keystone extended their lead to 13 points three minutes into the fourth period and New Rochelle was unable to come any closer than within seven points the rest of the way.
Freshmen Amirror Dixon (New Rochelle, NY) scored a game-high 17 points to go along with nine boards and six assists for New Rochelle. King tallied 16 points while Brandon ended the evening with a double-double on 13 points and 10 boards. Sophomore Hannah Cambel (Houston, TX) was the fourth Blue Angel in double-figures with 11 points.
As a team, CNR shot 41.7 percent from the floor, 36 percent from downtown, and 66.7 percent from the charity stripe.
The Giants held a 47-41 advantage on the glass and were plus-six in the turnover department (17-23).
CNR returns to action tomorrow when it opens up HVIAC league play at Davis College.