Women’s Basketball Drops Third Straight Against Southern Connecticut
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Syracuse, N.Y. –– After losing to regionally top-ranked Adelphi 66-60, the Dolphins’ second loss in a row, Le Moyne was determined to capture a victory in their next contest. On Senior Day, the Dolphins gave their best effort to give Ailayia Demand the proper send off with a win for her successful four-year career, but came up short in a 55-46 loss to Southern Connecticut State.
The Dolphins fed off of the crowd’s energy in Ted Grant Court, drawing first blood against the Owls with a Nicole Riddick layup 30 seconds into the contest. But from then on the Owls just took control of the opening period, ultimately taking the 10-7 lead into the second quarter. It was then gut check time for the Dolphins, whose stingy defense kept the Owls from scoring double figures in the second quarter. Junior Nicole Riddick picked off two Southern Connecticut offensive players for two of her four steals on the game in the second quarter. The newly heightened defensive effort by the Dolphins allowed them to tie the game at 19 heading into the halftime break.
Over the course of the third quarter, both the ‘Phins and Owls played tit-for-tat with one another. But with the Owls up three with time winding down, Le Moyne freshman Liz Millea hit a trifecta with 19 seconds remaining to knot the game at 33. Unfortunately, Taylor McLaughlin put the Owls on top 35-33, scoring on a layup as the buzzer rang, signaling the end of the third quarter.
The fourth quarter yielded similar success for the Owls on a wider scale, as they lit up the scoreboard for 20 points over the final 10 minutes and the Dolphins’ defense failed to resemble a shell of its first-half defensive prowess, leading to a Le Moyne loss 55-46.
“I thought it was a very hard fought game by both teams,” said Le Moyne head coach Gina Castelli. “We did not make defensive stops at key times in the game, which led to them hitting big shots.”
The Le Moyne women concluded their season this past Tuesday on Feb. 21 against New Haven. The Dolphins now await the Northeast-10 Conference Tournament.