By Jillian Vandiveer
Published: February 26, 2015
The Brooklyn College Women’s Basketball team enjoyed its home court advantage in Saturday’s quarterfinal round of the City University of New York (CUNYAC) Championships, easily grabbing a 68-54 win over the York College Cardinals and securing a well-earned spot in the semifinals.
Though York landed the first points of the game with an Angelica Ruggiano three-pointer, the Bulldogs took firm control of the court to take a 15-point lead, 25-10, with 11 minutes and four seconds on the clock in the first half. Brooklyn maintained a double-digit advantage for the remainder of the game.
Bulldog Megan Campbell was named Player of the Game, leading her team with a game-high 21 points, as well as 12 rebounds and her 10th double-double of the season.
Vanessa D’Ambrosi and Nicole Francomano also played at the level they’ve maintained throughout the season; D’Ambrosi recorded a double-double with 17 points, in addition to a game-high 13 rebounds, while Francomano, the active NCAA Division III leader in career assists, had a game-high eight assists with her six points, four steals, and four rebounds. Asia Foster and Nacirema Mann contributed seven and six points, respectively.
The Bulldogs shot far more consistently than their opponents, going 27-for-61 (44.3 percent) from the field, York struggling at 19-for-67 (28.4 percent). From the line, Brooklyn shot 8-for-13 (61.5 percent), while the Cardinals shot 11-for-19 (57.9 percent). The Bulldogs also gained a critical second-chance advantage, dominating the glass 52-38.
York College’s Samantha Bond had 14 points, Ruggiano and Tamika Taylor had 11 points each, and Stayce Kay Muirhead had seven points and 10 rebounds.
Brooklyn, now riding a 19-6 record, will hope to maintain their momentum entering into tonight’s semifinal round against the College of Staten Island. The Bulldogs beat the Dolphins in both of their meetings this season. The contest marks Brooklyn College’s fifth straight appearance in the conference semifinals.