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Syracuse, N.Y. — The Le Moyne women’s basketball team extended their win streak to four consecutive games with victories over rival Saint Rose by a score of 82-40 on Feb. 1 and NE-10 opponent American International, 85-72, on Feb. 4.

The win over Saint Rose was part of the ‘Phins Phrenzy double-header between the rivals’ mens and womens programs. Le Moyne grabbed the momentum early due to the energy provided by the hometown crowd.  The Dolphins exploded for 26 points in the first quarter and maintained steady defense through the second period of action. They only allowed seven points from the visiting Knights in the first quarter of play. Le Moyne’s dominating play only continued by scoring another 20 points in the second quarter. The Dolphins’ defense was rolling on all cylinders, pick-pocketing their Saint Rose opponents 10 times in the opening half. With a half-time score of 46-18, Le Moyne looked to build upon their lead and continue dominating their foe.

The Dolphins outscored St. Rose 36-22 in the second half, shooting 50% from the field after the intermission. The inside presence of junior Corinne Poitevien was too much for the Knights’ defense to handle. She scored 12 of her team-high 18 points in the second half. The Dolphins cruised to the 42-point victory and turned their focus to their next match-up with the American International Yellow Jackets.

This contest would be very different from the Dolphins’ last game against Saint Rose, as the first half ended with the Dolphins clinging to only a six-point lead, 44-38. The Phins’ main offensive orchestrator refused to be denied as she scored 11 of her game high 24 points in the first half of action, while dishing out six assists. Roberts is identified as a serious offensive weapon for the Dolphins, and American International’s defense could not contain the freshman. With AIC’s defense focused on Roberts as the second half began, junior center Joanna Dobrovsky opened up her offensive tool box; scoring 11 of her 19 points in the second half and grabbing seven of her game high 10 rebounds. Liz Millea and Ellie Leszyk each pitched in 11 points in the game to help pace the Dolphins to their fourth straight win.

“We played a complete team game,” said head coach Gina Castelli. “I felt that our team defense really inspired our offense to play together well.”

The Dolphins are 13-9 overall after the victories and moved to 9-7 in Northeast-10 Conference play. They return to the hardwood on Feb. 15 and travel to Garden City, N.Y. to take on Adelphi University for their fifth consecutive contest.

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