NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- The College of New Rochelle women's basketball team opened their regular season play with an away game against nonconference opponent The College of Staten Island. The CSI Dolphins were the 2016 - 17 CUNY Athletic Conference Champions, qualifying them for an appearance in the NCAA III National Championships for women's basketball. This was a tough match up with for the Blue Angels to start off the season. The team took on the challenge and went in looking to start their season off with a win. However, the Dolphins would keep the pressure on the Blue Angels the entire game. The Blue Angels would fall by a score of 52 - 94.
The Dolphins would pull out to a quick lead in the first quarter making it difficult for the Blue Angels to find some rhythm on the court. The Blue Angels would slowly fight their way back into the game during the second quarter. At the end of the first half the score was 23 - 54 with the Dolphins in the lead. Junior Aaliyah Fields (Hollywood, MD) would lead the half for the Blue Angels with six points, while senior Caitlin Harrison (Bronx, NY) led the boards with six rebounds.
The start of the third quarter looked bright for the Blue Angels as they started off with a 6 - 2 run over the Dolphins in the first two and half minutes bringing the score to 29 - 56. The team continued to push forward, but would find it difficult to bridge the gap from the first quarter of the game. Sophomores Ashley Martin (Richmond Hill, NY) and Dar'Neisha Brice (California, MD) both brought in three rebounds on the half. Brice also created three steals in the second half.
The lead scorer for the Blue Angels was Fields with 11 points followed by Brice with 10. Harrison recorded three blocks and seven rebounds on the game.
CNR women's basketball has their second game of the season on Monday, November 20 at 6:00 PM when they head to The City College of New York.