Garden City, N.Y. (January 18) -- On Saturday afternoon, the Assumption College women's basketball team dropped a 95-93 road final at No. 21 ranked Adelphi University in a Northeast-10 Conference cross-divisional game. The loss snaps Assumption's three-game winning streak, while Adelphi snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory.
The 93-point scoring output marks the first 90+ point scoring game for Assumption since a 92-point effort in a home win over Saint Michael's on January 29, 2003.
With the game tied at 12-12 just 3:44 into the half, Adelphi went on a quick 5-0 run to open up a 17-12 edge. The Panthers extended the lead up to six at 26-20 after a three-pointer from Jessica Kitrys with 12:40 left in the half. Assumption answered over the next 2:43 with a 9-0 run of its own, capped by a three-point play from sophomore Kelly Conley (Ellington, Conn./Ellington). The Hounds continued to push the offensive pace and put together another run to push the lead to double digits at 43-33 behind five points each from junior Caitlin Ackerman (Nashua, N.H./Nashua South) and freshman Allison Stoddard (East Lyme, Conn./East Lyme).
Assumption led by as many as 12 in the half before taking an eventual 56-45 lead into the halftime break following a pull-up jumper from senior Shannon Ray (Yonkers, N.Y./Ursuline Academy) with 14 seconds left in the period.
Ray led the Hounds in the half with 11 points as the team shot a blistering 72.4 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from three-point land. The 56-point first half was also the highest-scoring half of the season for Assumption. The Hounds also held a commanding 18-9 rebounding edge in the first half, including 15-7 on the defensive end. Kelly Mannix and Kitrys led Adelphi with 12 and 10 points each, respectively, while combining for 9-for-9 shooting from the field in the half.
Adelphi quickly cut the lead down to single digits over the first three minutes of the second period behind six quick points from Kitrys. The Hounds answered though with a 10-2 run, capped by a three from senior Tafanie Roye (New Britain, Conn./Capital Magnet Prep), to push in front 68-55 with 13:34 remaining. Conley extended the lead to 71-57 on a three-point play with just under 12 left and the Hounds carried a double-digit lead into the game's final 10 minutes.
The Hounds led by 11 at 79-68 at the 8:36 mark before a 6-0 Adelphi scoring spurt, capped by a pair of layups from Ashley Gomez, pulled the Panthers with 79-74 and forced an Assumption timeout. Assumption still led 81-76 with 6:39 remaining after two free throws from Conley before a quick 6-0, capped by two free throws from Sade Jackson with 4:33 left, put the Panthers in front for the first time since midway thru the first at 82-81. Adelphi extended the lead to 84-81 and led by three again at 86-83 with 3:41 remaining before Assumption put together an 8-2 run and regained the lead on a Ray layup at 89-88. Two Ackerman free throws pushed the lead to three and Ackerman again put the Hounds in front from the line at 93-92 with just 46.7 left.
Jackson was fouled for Adelphi with 29.8 seconds on the clock to put the Panthers back in front 94-93 before Assumption called a timeout with 25.3 left to set up a final play. The Hounds had a number of contested looks in the paint before Calli Balfour eventually pulled down the rebound. Balfour hit the second of two free throws for the 95-93 lead with two seconds and Assumption was unable to get a shot off on the final possession as the Panthers held on for the two-point win.
Ray lead five Hounds in double figures with 22 points, along with 19 for Conley and 17 points and seven rebounds by Ackerman. Roye added 12 points, while Stoddard chipped in 10 points off the bench. Assumption shot 55.2 percent from the field in the game, outscored the Panthers 21-17 at the free throw line and held a 35-26 edge on the glass.
Jackson led Adelphi with 26 points, along with 20 from Kitrys, 14 from Mannix and 12 from Jenna Halaby. The Panthers shot 56.3 percent from the field while forcing 15 Assumption turnovers.
With the loss, Assumption falls to 10-6 overall and 6-5 in the Northeast-10, while Adelphi improves to 13-3 overall and 7-3 in league play.
Assumption is back in action on January 25th as the Hounds host American International for a 1:30 p.m. start at Laska Gym.
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