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Women’s Basketball Eliminated in NCAA Tournament

Senior guard Karen Mak played in her final game on Friday, leading the way in scoring in a losing effort in the first round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament. PHOTO/ Damion Reid
Senior guard Karen Mak played in her final game on Friday, leading the way in scoring in a losing effort in the first round of the NCAA Div. III Tournament. PHOTO/ Damion Reid

By Adam Zaki 

Published: March 7th, 2018

The Brooklyn College women’s basketball team ended its best season in decades on Friday, after falling to the Cabrini University Cavaliers 65-52 in the first round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III tournament at the University of Scranton. The Bulldogs finished with a record of 24-4, and earned their first conference championship in almost four decades. 

After an even exchange of baskets in the first quarter, a 25-8 run in favor of the Cavaliers ultimately sealed the Bulldogs’ fate for the rest of the game. Despite fighting back in the final two quarters, Brooklyn just ran out of time down the stretch.

Leading the way in scoring for the Bulldogs was Karen Mak, who finished with 17 points along with four assists, five rebounds, and a steal. Chanell Jemmott was also able to contribute with 14 points and seven rebounds of her own. 

Jemmott’s ten-point, six-rebound, and two-steal performance in the second half kept Brooklyn in the game as the clock expired.

As a team, the Bulldogs’ defense pressured Cabrini all night, forcing 22 turnovers. The Bulldogs also had ten steals as a group, with Taylor George leading the way with three of her own.

The Bulldogs’ historic season included a 13-game winning streak and a season sweep of six of their eight conference opponents. It was coach Alex Lang’s first title in his 16th year at the head coaching position, and it included a mixture of contribution from both new and experienced players.

Looking into next season, George and Jemmott hope to continue to dominate in their sophomore seasons. With bigger expectations than ever before, Brooklyn College will look to repeat this season’s outcome. With the roster and coaching staff to develop a dynasty in the City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) over the next few seasons, this may just be the beginning for women’s basketball at Brooklyn College.

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