By Adam Zaki
Published: February 14th, 2018
After winning 13 consecutive games, the 21-3 (13-2 in conference) women’s basketball team couldn’t follow up Senior Night festivities and awards with another victory.
The Bulldogs were outmatched down the stretch by the College of Staten Island (CSI) Dolphins and lost by a final score of 62-45.
After seniors Karen Mak, Veronica Green, and Breanna Maresca celebrated their careers in Brooklyn, the three took the floor in the starting lineup against their toughest conference opponent. After fighting off a major comeback and escaping with a victory in the teams’ first matchup in the forgotten borough, the Bulldogs fell victim to a 15-6 Dolphin run in the final quarter that ultimately sealed their fate in this last game.
Despite limiting the Dolphins top-scorer Christina Pasaturo to 1-of-8 shooting and just three points in the first half, the Bulldogs found themselves trailing 28-27 at the halftime break. A heated contest brought about magnificent basketball, as the two talented teams fought hard to capture momentum. Despite solid play from Dolphin shooters Victoria Crea and Samantha Flecker, the Bulldogs were able to answer with success of their own.
Mak, the Bulldogs’ floor general, was responsible for a large chunk of Brooklyn’s offensive production, as she went into the locker room at the break with 11 points, six rebounds, and two steals. Her performance was complemented by her teammate Chanell Jemmott’s seven points and six rebounds coming off the bench. Fans at the packed out West Quad Gymnasium seemed to be in store for a matchup that may be decided in the final minutes.
The game became frustrating for the Bulldogs in the third and fourth quarters, as missed shots and turnovers resulted in Staten Island runs. The Bulldogs faced adversity for the first time since their trip to Staten Island, as all of their other games since the new year have been wins decided by large margins. In unfamiliar territory, the team looked hesitant to respond to Staten Island’s momentum.
Mak, despite a solid first half, mightily struggled in the second, going 1-of-7 from the field. Despite opportunities created by nine boards from Alexandra Moogan and five offensive rebounds from Jasmine Hansgen, the Bulldogs could not find a favorable roll at the rim. Four Bulldogs—Mak, Green, Moogan, and Taylor George—shot 4-of-20 as a group, netting just 11 points in the final two quarters.
Moogan lead the team in boards with her 13 rebounds; Mak finished with 16 points. Both players tied for a team high of two steals apiece.
The Bulldogs followed up the season’s toughest loss with an absolute walloping of John Jay College on Saturday, 84-19. In a game where the Bloodhounds only dressed five players and didn’t seem interested in competing, the Bulldogs put on a clinic at both ends of the floor, earning their sixth consecutive road victory of the season.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) issued sanctions on CSI, which forced it to forfeit two conference games on Jan. 27 and Jan 30 against York College and Medgar Evers College, respectively. The Bulldogs will go into the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) tournament with a first-round bye, a game above the Dolphins for first place in the conference.
The semi-finals will take place on Feb. 21, when the Bulldogs will go to the City College of New York to take on the winner of the quarterfinals.
The team finished its regular season last night on the road against York College. For updates on that game, see the Brooklyn College athletics website.