DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. (Jan. 28, 2012) – Senior forward Jasmine Williams (Stratford, Conn.) dropped 25 points and two other Mavericks scored in double-digits but the Mercy College women's basketball team could not close things out against East Coast Conference opponent the University of Bridgeport on Saturday afternoon, falling 74-70.
Bridgeport improves to 6-13 overall and 4-5 in the ECC with the win, while Mercy drops to 1-17 (1-8).
The Mavericks gave up a quick three-pointer to go down immediately, but recovered quickly and traded the lead with the Purple Knights for the first 10 minutes until junior forward MarQuesha Moore (Bryans Road, Md.) sparked a 10-2 run to take an eight-point lead with 7:46 left in the half. Bridgeport quickly responded to cut the deficit to one but Mercy held on thanks to a 20-percent shooting advantage to take a two-point lead into the break.
Bridgeport drew level again less than three minutes into the second half and managed to take the lead back with 15 minutes to play. A slew of Williams free throws (she hit nine of 11 for the game) kept Mercy close until Moore hit a layup to take a four-point lead at the 7:50 mark for the Mavericks' largest lead of the half, but the Bridgeport scored eight straight points to take its own four-point lead with four minutes remaining. With time winding down after a four-minute stretch without a Mavericks basket, Williams took the game on her shoulders, scoring Mercy's final eight points, but it was not enough as Bridgeport kept pace with her to win by four.
Williams' 25-point performance marked her eight 20-point game of the season and moved her back into first in the ECC in scoring, with 18.4 points per game. She added five rebounds to bring her average to 9.3 for the year, which ranks second in the ECC. Moore added a career-high 17 points, including 13 in the first half, while senior point guard Simone Williams (Waldorf, Md.) put up another strong all-around line of 10 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Senior forward Talia Beaulieu (Waldorf, Md.) tied for the team lead in rebounds with six, adding nine points and a team-high four steals, and junior wing Aysha Williams (New Rochelle, N.Y.) contributed four points, five rebounds, two assists and a career-high two blocks in just 23 minutes.
Juniorforward Tanisha Carter (East Hartford, Conn.) led the Purple Knights with 18 points and eight rebounds, while junior guard Marie Biondi (West Haven, Conn.) and senior guard Edna Marant (Philadelphia, Pa.) rounded out the double-digit scorers with 13 and 12 points in just 18 and 19 minutes, respectively, with Marant adding a team-high four steals. Senior guard Elinor Avny (Raanaana, Israel) dished out a team-high five assists, all coming in the first half.
Head Coach Kelli Dunlay and the Mavericks will look to bounce back on Wednesday, Feb. 1 as they host Molloy College (8-11, 4-5) in the Mercy Gymnasium for a 5:00 p.m. tipoff in the first game of a doubleheader with the men's squad.