By Adam Zaki
Published: December 6th, 2017
The Brooklyn College women’s basketball team fell to Hunter College on Friday in Manhattan by a score of 87-83, for the Bulldogs’ first loss of the season. Both teams ended the contest with identical overall records of 5-1. In front of a packed Hunter College Sportsplex, an emotional game with multiple lead changes featured the Bulldogs’ first loss to the Hawks since January of 2008.
Guards Karen Mak and Taylor George put up memorable offensive performances for the Bulldogs, combining for 45 points and eight steals in the backcourt. They both hit new season-highs in made free throws, capitalizing on Hunter’s attempts to ward off easy inside baskets.
Guard/forward Alexandra Moogan contributed with nine points and four rebounds in the loss, but she once again needed numerous attempts in order to contribute offensively. She shot 3-of-13 from the field and 3-of-11 from distance in the loss, but was able to contribute without the basketball. While the stat sheet does her game no justice, Moogan has proven she brings plenty of intangibles and is an asset to her team’s ability to act as a cohesive unit on both ends of the floor.
On a few defensive possessions, guard Emma Somers was faked out by the Hawks’ Jade Aponte, causing loud reactions from the home crowd. Somers added six points coming off the bench, while going 1-of-6 from the field in a season-high 22 minutes of action. She struggled to guard Aponte in her minutes and was one of the few Bulldogs that allowed Hunter’s top scorer this season to net 18 points on the contest.
After guard Ericka Fenelus’ two free throws cut Brooklyn’s deficit to 71-76 with two minutes and two seconds remaining in the contest, a double technical foul on head coach Alex Lang resulted in his ejection from the contest, throwing his jacket onto center court in response. Lang was arguing a foul called against George.
The Hunter crowd and bench were fueled by Lang’s outburst, which resulted in the evaporation of any momentum in the Bulldogs’ favor at that moment. As the personal foul called on George resulted in two free throws for the Hawks, the two technicals on Lang gave Hunter another two free throws.
In crunch time, Hunter had an opportunity to shoot six consecutive free throws; it made five, taking an 11-point lead with two minutes remaining. With their head coach in the locker room, the Bulldogs ran out of time to build a comeback. Although they ended the final two minutes on a 12-5 run, the Bulldogs fell to Hunter to open their City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC) campaign.
The Bulldogs will host the New York University Violets on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the West Quad Gymnasium. Updates for that game are available on the Brooklyn College Athletics website. Brooklyn is looking for its seventh consecutive win on their home floor, a streak that goes back to last season.