The Lady Bears (2-10, 2-3 Skyline) trailed by as many as nine in the third quarter, but outscored the Maccabees (0-10, 0-7) 26-17 in the period to take the lead for good. A 9-0 fourth quarter run helped build a double-digit cushion and the visitors didn’t threaten again.
The Lady Bears built a 7-2 lead on a Victoria Porcasi triple, but Yeshiva came back and scored the final five points of the period to lead 17-12 at the first break and opened the second stanza with seven more unanswered to build a 12-point lead at the 8:05 mark.
A Marino layup ended a nearly five-minute scoring drought for the Lady Bears and a trifecta from Kristin Ferrignobrought SJC within four before Yeshiva pushed their advantage to 33-26 at the halftime intermission.
A wild third quarter that saw 21 combined fouls and 30 free throw attempts brought SJC back into the game. The Maccabees managed just 39 percent (7-18) from the line while the Lady Bears sank 92 percent (11-12) and reversed a nine-point deficit into a 52-50 lead heading into the final period, with Marino scoring 12 points in the frame and six in the final two minutes to lead the surge.
Destiny Marino crossed the 20-point barrier for the fifth time this season and grabbed seven boards and swiped five steals. The sophomore also shot 10-of-12 from the free throw line.
Victoria Porcasi tallied 17 points, on 6-of-12 shooting along with four trifectas and grabbed six rebounds, while Samantha Simon netted a season-high 14 points.
The Lady Bears will return to action in the new year, hosting New Jersey City University at The Hill Center on Saturday, January 2. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m.
Men pick up conference win
Senior Matt O’Neill (Brooklyn/St. Edmund Prep) dished out a Bears record-tying 12 assists and classmates Michael Megafu (Jamaica/Nazareth Regional) and Jamir Archer (Staten Island/CSI/McCown) netted 20 and 19 points, respectively, leading the St. Joseph’s College men’s basketball team to an 85-65 triumph over Yeshiva University in Skyline Conference action.
A 12-2 spurt over 4:30 built a 15-point lead for St. Joseph’s with 9:02 to play and the Maccabees wouldn’t get closer than nine the rest of the way.
The teams jostled early, but the Bears ( 5-4, 4-3 Skyline) would begin to pull away in the first. A pair of Justin Manon triples built an 11-point SJC lead, but the Maccabees responded with a 9-1 run to pull within a possession.
Yeshiva (6-4, 4-3) would continue to shave the Bears lead down and grabbed the lead momentarily, but the Bears regained the lead and headed into the locker room up two, 36-34.
Yeshiva would cut the deficit to nine, but never gathered momentum for a comeback, shooting just 39 percent (12-31) in the half and an 8-0 run capped by a Megafu steal and dunk ballooned the Bears lead to it’s largest at 17 with three minutes remaining.
Megafu would score 16 of his 20 points in the second half and Archer added nine points in the frame.
O’Neill recorded his first double-double of the season and fourth of his career with 14 points, 12 dimes, and seven boards. His 12 assists matches a record set two times previously.
The Bears take a two-week break for finals and return to action on the road facing CCNY on Tuesday, December 29, in their final game of the calendar year.