A double-double from Simone Williams and 17 points from Ashley Borofsky were not enough, and the Mercy College women’s basketball team lost to East Coast Conference leading St. Thomas Aquinas College 84-66.
STAC, who is ranked ninth in the NCAA’s East Region with an 18-7 record, sits atop the ECC at 14-4. Mercy, 5-18 overall and 3-15 in the ECC, has now officially been eliminated from post-season contention.
The Mavericks jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, on a Jasmine Williams (Stratford, Conn./Greens Farms Academy) layup and a three-pointer from senior Ashley Borofsky (Southington, Conn./Southington). The Spartans, after turning the ball over on their first two possessions, finally found twine, and rattled off seven consecutive points to take an early 7-5 lead. It was the last time Mercy would play with the lead.
Slowly, the lead increased, but with 14:13 to play in the first half, junior Simone Williams (Waldorf,Md./Lackey) made the front end of a pair of free throws, and the score was tied at 11 points apiece. A 7-2 run for STAC followed, keyed by four of Briana Sloper’s 20 points. A three pointer from freshman Alexis Monserrate (Locust Valley, N.Y./Locust Valley) trimmed the lead back to two, before a 6-0 run for the Spartans gave the visitors an eight point lead with 10:31 to play. STAC would outscore Mercy for the rest of the half, and held its largest lead of the half, 11 points, heading into intermission.
In the second half, the lead never fell lower than double digits.
For the game, Simone Williams hit for 12 points, ten rebounds, and eight assists. Jasmine Williams just missed her double-double, compiling 12 points and nine caroms. Borofsky’s 17 led Mercy. STAC’s Shpresa Liharevic led all scorers with a game-high 25 points. Sloper hit for 20 points while grabbing 11 rebounds, as Theresa Dowling recorded 18 points and nine rebounds.
Mercy hosts Molloy on Saturday, February 19, as the Mavericks celebrate the WBCA’s Pink Zone. The event will raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Tipoff is at 1:00 p.m.
Additionally, a pre-game ceremony will mark a career milestone for Borofsky, who recorded her 1,000th career point against Bridgeport a week ago.