The Mercy College women’s basketball team (2-2) concluded a two-game New Jersey swing with a win at Felician College on Thursday night, 75-73.
Mercy led by as many as seven with just under two minutes to play in regulation, when first-year Maria Nardulli (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Joseph by the Sea) hit a layup to make the score 69-62. Spurred by a pair of Mercy turnovers, Felician (0-1) went on a 6-0 run to nip the lead to one with just 38 ticks remaining.
Junior guard Simone Williams (Waldorf, Md./Lackey) and senior forward Ashley Borofsky (Southington, Conn./Southington) each hit a pair of free throws to build the lead back to five with just ten seconds to play. A Tierra Cleaves three pointer with five seconds remaining cut the lead to just two, but time would run out and Mercy would claim the win.
Mercy was led by junior Talia Beaulieu (Waldorf, Md./Stillman College), who recorded her first double-double in blue and white with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Borofsky tied for the team lead with 17 points. Jasmine Williams (Stratford, Conn./Greens Farms Academy) also recorded a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Nardulli was the fourth Maverick in double digits in scoring with 12.
The Mavericks are set to host Dowling on Saturday, November 20, in the home opener. Tipoff is slated for 1:00 p.m.