VALHALLA, N.Y. (Nov. 15, 2016) – Despite a team-high 13 points from junior Monet Keane-Dawes (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood), the Mercy College women's basketball team dropped a 71-59 decision to Nyack College in their home opener at Westchester Community College on Tuesday night.
The Mavericks (0-3) drop their third straight game to begin the season, while the Warriors (1-2) pick up their first win of the 2016-17 season.
Keane-Dawes added a team-high-tying eight rebounds, while sophomore Destinee Hall (Spring Valley, N.Y./Keystone College) contributed 12 points and eight rebounds. Sophomore Cynthia Perez (Middle Village, N.Y./Christ the King) netted ten points and junior Latisha Clark (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) finished with nine points and eight rebounds.
Nyack was led by Yamalis Villegas who had a game-high 16 points, while Tayelor McCalister and Bryanna Brown both added 12 points. Janae Bailey concluded the night with a game-high 17 rebounds and poured in eight points.
The Warriors jumped out to a 6-2 lead early on with 7:38 left in the first quarter, but the Mavericks responded with a 10-2 run to take a 12-8 lead after a foul shot by Hall. Mercy held a 15-11 lead after a layup by Hall with 2:08 left in the quarter before Nyack cut the deficit to one, 15-14, with 1:31 remaining in the frame. The Mavericks ended the quarter on a 4-0 run as Keane-Dawes and Clark made baskets to give Mercy a 19-14 lead after one quarter of play.
Sophomore Chi-la Bady (Valley Stream, N.Y./Francis Lewis) opened up the scoring in the second quarter with a three to give the Mavericks their largest lead of the night, 22-14, with 8:39 left before halftime. Nyack came back with six unanswered to cut the Mercy advantage to just two, 22-20, with 4:34 left in the half. The Mavericks increased the lead back to four after a trifecta from junior DaMonae Hargrove (White Plains, N.Y./Maria Regina), but the Warriors ended the half on a 7-4 run to cut the Mercy lead to 31-30, heading into halftime.
A three-pointer by Perez at the 6:25 mark of the third quarter gave the Mavericks a 39-36 lead. However, Nyack followed with a 16-0 run to take their largest lead of the game at 52-39 with 2:10 left in the quarter. Mercy battled back and cut the deficit to ten, 55-45, heading into the fourth quarter.
The Mavericks opened up the fourth quarter with five straight points to cut the Nyack lead to five, 55-50, with 7:16 remaining. The Warriors increased the lead back to ten, 62-52, with 4:12 left on the game clock. Mercy responded by getting within five, 64-59, at the 1:28 mark after a Clark jumper, but Nyack would end the game on a 7-0 run to seal the victory.
The Mavericks shot 31.9 percent (22-for-69) from the floor and 25.0 percent (7-for-28) from downtown. The Warriors shot 42.1 percent (24-for-57) and 31.6 percent (6-for-19) from beyond the arc. Nyack went 17-for-25 from the charity stripe, while Mercy went 8-for-13. The Warriors held a 48-40 edge on the glass, while the Mavericks held a 39-27 advantage in bench points.
Head Coach Jim Harter and the Mavericks resume action on Saturday, November 19th when they play at Georgian Court at 1 p.m.