Mercy Rally Falls Short, Women's Basketball Loses to CW Post 84-76
The Mercy College women’s basketball team rallied from a double digit deficit, but could not overcome C.W. Post on Saturday afternoon, falling 84-76 in East Coast Conference play. The game, played before 218 people, was the annual ECC Respect Game, which places a special emphasis on sportsmanship and fair play.
With the loss, the Mavericks drop to 5-15 overall (3-12 ECC), while the Pioneers improve to 10-10 (8-7 ECC).
Mercy build an early 6-2 lead on conventional three point plays by senior Ashley Borofsky (Southington, Conn./Southington) and junior Jasmine Williams (Stratford, Conn./Greens Farms Academy). Minutes later, Borofsky made a layup at the 16:17 mark, and Mercy led 8-4.
Undeterred, the Pioneers commandeered a 9-0 run, led by Nicolette Marciniak and Ashley Caggiano. C.W. Post shot the ball extremely well in the first half, connecting on 56.3 percent of their shots, and led by as many as 13, 45-32, at the half.
As the second stanza got underway, Mercy chipped away at the lead. Jasmine Williams made a layup and was fouled at the 16:36 mark. She made that free throw, and the lead was down to eight with 16:35 to go. Junior Talia Beaulieu (Waldorf, Md./McDonough) made her own three-point play at 15:29, and the lead was down to six, 51-45. Minutes later, the lead was down to just four, when Jasmine Williams converted a free throw with 10:34 to go.
The teams continued to trade baskets. The score remained tight. With 4:13 to play, Borofsky hit a three pointer, and the lead remained four points, 75-71. Caggiano then made a three pointer for C.W. Post, and the Pioneers were off and running.
Down the stretch, Janea Aiken made several key free throws for the Pioneers, who held on for the 84-76 victory.
For the game, both teams went to the free throw line 41 times each, with C.W. Post holding a 28-26 advantage in makes. Mercy held a decided edge in rebounding, grabbing 55 to C.W. Post’s 34.
For Mercy, Jasmine Williams recorded 16 points and 16 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end. Junior Simone Williams (Waldorf, Md./Lackey) led the team in scoring with 23 points, while Borofsky added 20. Borofsky is now just four points away from her 1,000th career point.
For the Pioneers, Janea Aiken led all scorers with 26 points, including making nine of her 12 free throws. Marciniak added 17 points, and Caggiano 12.
Prior to today’s game, Mercy honored its past with the annual Alumni Basketball Game. Several alums were in attendance, including Hall of Famer Carol Leib, Dawn Ellison (’92), and Jessica Santiago (’02).
Mercy now takes to the road for the next week, travelling to Bridgeport on Wednesday, February 9, and Queens College on Saturday, February 12.