Trailing by three after the first quarter, the Lady Bears (4-10, 3-3) opened the second stanza on an 11-3 run and finished the frame holding the hosts to 18 percent shooting to take the lead for good.
Destiny Marino led the Lady Bears in scoring for the 9th game this season with 18 points, five rebounds and three assists. Victoria Porcasi added 17 points, including connecting on 4-of-8 from behind-the-arc while adding seven rebounds.
The Lady Bears sit in sixth place in the Skyline Conference, just a half game behind a three-way tie at third place. They return to The Hill Center on January 7th looking to sweep the season series against sibling rivals SJC Long Island. Tip off is slated for 5:30 p.m.
Rally falls short for St. Joe’s men
A Joseph Idyahia three-pointer with eight seconds remaining erased a seven-point deficit with under two minutes to play, but Purchase College made 1-of-2 free throws with one second to take a 71-70 Skyline Conference win over the St. Joseph’s College (5-7, 3-4) men’s basketball team on Monday night.
On Purchase’s final possession after the Glendale native’s game-tying triple, Taylor Foster grabbed an offensive rebound and was fouled on a close call away from the basket with one second remaining.
After missing the front end, Foster sank the second for the victory with Matt O’Neill’s half-court shot at the buzzer drawing front rim.
O’Neill netted 20 points with seven rebounds, while freshman Idyahia drained 5-of-11 from three-point land coming off the bench to score a career-high 15 points.
Senior Jamir Archer added 14 points and senior Michael Megafu recorded his eighth double-double of the season—moving into a tie for the Division III lead—with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The loss drops to the Bears back to .500 in league play in a tie for sixth place with sibling rivals SJC Long Island, who visit Brooklyn on Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. matchup.