By Adam Zaki
Published: November 29th, 2017
The Brooklyn College women’s basketball team is continuing its winning ways, as victories over Farmingdale State and Delaware Valley University on Nov. 21 and Nov. 27 have brought the Bulldogs to a 5-0 record on the season.
In the 76-73 homecoming win over Farmingdale, the Bulldogs dominated the first half of action. Mustering a 20-point lead at halftime, the Bulldogs looked as if they would continue their domination of opponents in front of a packed out West Quad Gymnasium.
In the second half, Farmingdale was able to dominate the Bulldogs with hustle on both ends of the floor, tying the game and forcing overtime. The Bulldogs were outscored 50-30 in the second half, and lost all momentum going into the overtime period. The Rams were able to knock down 10-of-15 shots from distance in the third and fourth quarters, after shooting an abysmal 28 percent from the field in the first two quarters of action.
A defensive slugfest in overtime showcased the Bulldogs’ grit, as they were able to match Farmingdale’s intensity and shift momentum back into their favor with the clock expiring in overtime. Feeding off of the fans’ energy and cheering, the Bulldogs were able to hold the Rams to six points in the overtime period, while scoring nine of their own.
Taylor George’s three-point shot and two subsequent free throws in the final 90 seconds of overtime was a crucial contribution that allowed the Bulldogs to pull away. George had a career high 22-point game, going 5-of-7 from the field and 3-of-5 from distance. She made 9-of-10 free throws, and was an energizer defensively, earning her City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Week honors.
George’s performance was complemented by a solid performance from Alexandra Moogan, who had 19 points and six rebounds in the victory. A high-volume shooter, Moogan has begun to find comfort on the floor and is beginning to take the role of Brooklyn’s go-to scorer. Playing both guard and forward positions, Moogan is dynamic as she is lethal.
In the 65-52 win over Delaware Valley University, the Bulldogs found themselves once again up by a huge margin after two quarters of play. Although Brooklyn was clearly the better team and controlled the tempo for most of the contest, the Bulldogs were once again unable to match their first half intensity in the second half.
The Aggies outscored Brooklyn 32-27 in the second half of action, forcing the Bulldogs to keep their starters and major contributors in the game down the stretch. It wasn’t until the final minutes that the Bulldogs bench got to take part in the action, as the majority of the final two quarters were spent warding off an Aggie comeback.
Moogan led the team in scoring with 15 points, as she had her best performance thus far on the season. Despite having better scoring performances, Moogan played well without the basketball. Instead of waiting for the ball to come to her, Moogan went to the basketball. She moved around the floor, had three key steals, and had major tenacity down the stretch of the contest.
Karen Mak was also able to add 12 points and seven boards in Monday’s victory. As the starting point guard and facilitator of the offense, Mak is a nightmare for opponents in transition, and is relatively un-guardable in the fast break. Her ability to communicate while showcasing protective handles has contributed to multiple runs on the season, which have allowed the Bulldogs to surmount leads in the first half of games.
The Bulldogs will open up CUNYAC play this Friday, as they will travel to Manhattan to take on Hunter College. Tip-off is at 5:30 p.m. from the Hunter College Sportsplex. The Bulldogs swept the season series against Hunter last season. The Bulldogs are the only remaining undefeated team in the conference.