Six Mavericks Score in Double Figures as Women's Basketball Plays LIU Post Down to the Wire

Six Mavericks Score in Double Figures as Women's Basketball Plays LIU Post Down to the Wire

BROOKVILLE, N.Y. (Feb. 8, 2017) – Despite six Mavericks scoring in double figures, the Mercy College women's basketball team battled throughout before succumbing to LIU Post, 74-68, in an ECC matchup on Wednesday night at the Pratt Recreation Center.

The Mavericks (3-19, 1-13 ECC) drop the season series to the Pioneers (10-13, 6-7 ECC), who remain in ECC Tournament contention with the win.

Mercy was led by freshman Abigail Collier (Watertown, N.Y./Watertown) who recorded a team-high 12 points and also added five rebounds. Junior Latisha Clark (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) concluded the night with 11 points and five rebounds, while junior Monet Keane-Dawes (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) ended with ten points and a team-high six rebounds. Junior Casey Sullivan (East Lyme, Conn./Saint Bernard) poured in ten points on 4-of-6 shooting and freshman Caralie Wilson (Gold Coast, Australia/John Paul College) netted ten points and four assists. Sophomore Chi-la Bady (Valley Stream, N.Y./Francis Lewis) rounded out the six Mavericks scoring in double figures with ten points and a game-high-tying seven assists.

LIU Post was led by Shannon Doyle who had a game-high 15 points and seven assists.

After a tough loss to Molloy on Saturday, the Mavericks looked to rebound and jumped out to a 10-9 lead with 4:34 remaining in the first quarter. The hosts followed with a 9-3 run to take their largest lead of the quarter, 18-13, at the 1:41 mark. A three by Wilson and a jumper from Collier to end the quarter evened the score up at 18-18 after one quarter of play.

Sullivan nailed a three and Keane-Dawes made a layup to open the second quarter, giving Mercy a 23-18 lead just under two minutes into the period. Another Keane-Dawes layup at the 5:19 mark made it a 29-20 lead for the Mavericks, capping off a 16-2 since the 1:41 mark of the first quarter. Mercy later increased the lead to a game-high 14 points, 38-24, with 1:40 left before halftime, outscoring the Pioneers 20-6 up to that point in the quarter.

LIU Post ended the second quarter on an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to six, 38-32, heading into halftime. The Mavericks shot 53.8 percent in the second stanza and received points from seven of eight players.

The Pioneers began the third quarter on an 8-2 run to tie the game up at 40-40 with 7:19 remaining in the quarter. Mercy immediately came back with three unanswered to retake the lead and held a 45-42 advantage at the 5:47 mark after a layup by Bady.

LIU Post would respond with a 9-1 run to take the lead back at 51-46 with 2:49 left in the third. The Mavericks continued to battle and concluded the frame on a 7-2 run to make it a tied game, 53-53, entering the fourth quarter.

Collier nailed a three to start the fourth, making it a 56-53 game in favor of Mercy. The Pioneers came back and took the lead for good with a 14-3 run that made it 67-59 with 4:26 remaining. The Mavericks did not quit and answered with five straight to get within three, 67-64, with 3:28 left. However, that would be the closest Mercy could get as LIU Post held on for the victory.

The Mavericks shot a season-high 47.1 percent (24-of-51) from the floor, 43.8 percent (7-of-16) from beyond the arc and 72.2 percent (13-of-18) from the foul line. LIU Post shot 37.7 percent (26-of-69) from the field, 22.2 percent (4-of-18) from long distance and 64.3 percent (18-of-28) from the charity stripe. The Pioneers held a 46-31 edge on the boards and a 25-8 advantage in second chance points.

Head Coach Jim Harter and the Mavericks resume action on Tuesday, February 14th when they host Roberts Wesleyan College at Westchester Community College at 5:30 p.m.