Four Mavericks Post Double Figures in Points as Women's Basketball Hosts Roberts Wesleyan

Four Mavericks Post Double Figures in Points as Women's Basketball Hosts Roberts Wesleyan

VALHALLA, N.Y. (Feb. 14, 2017) – Despite four Mavericks scoring in double figures, the Mercy College women's basketball team dropped a 75-70 decision to ECC foe Roberts Wesleyan College on Tuesday night at Westchester Community College.

The Mavericks (3-20, 1-14 ECC) drop the season series to the Redhawks (15-10, 9-6 ECC), who have won two games in a row.

Junior Latisha Clark (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) led the Mavericks with 16 points and eight rebounds, while sophomore Chi-la Bady (Valley Stream, N.Y./Francis Lewis) netted 14 points and four assists. Sophomore Cynthia Perez (Middle Village, N.Y./Christ the King) poured in 13 points and added six rebounds. Freshman Caralie Wilson (Gold Coast, Australia/John Paul College) rounded out the four Mavericks scoring in double figures with 12 points and four assists.

Roberts Wesleyan was paced by Brooke Fields who had a game-high 24 points.

The opening quarter saw Mercy fall behind 8-2 less than two minutes in. The guests increased the lead to eight, 15-7, with 27 seconds left in the frame before junior Casey Sullivan (East Lyme, Conn./Saint Bernard) drained a three right before the end of the quarter to make it 15-10.

The Mavericks began the second quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 16-15 advantage with 8:58 remaining in the half after a pair of Perez free throws. Mercy took a two-point lead, 21-19, at the seven-minute mark following a Wilson three-point play. However, Roberts Wesleyan followed with an 11-0 run to take their largest lead of the half, 30-21, with 4:46 on the clock.

Despite falling behind, the Mavericks did not let up and immediately came back with a 9-0 run to even the score up at 30-30 with just under two minutes left in the half. The Redhawks would go into halftime with a 35-32 lead after a three from Fields just before the end of the half.

Roberts Wesleyan began the second half by increasing the lead back to six, 41-35, but Mercy continued to battle and retook the lead at 42-41 following a Clark layup. The Redhawks ensued with an 11-5 run to get the lead back at 52-47 with 2:03 remaining in the quarter. The Mavericks ended the quarter with four straight points to head into the final stanza down one, 52-51.

The visitors got the lead back up to four, 60-56, with 6:35 remaining, but Mercy continued to claw its way back into the game and would tie the game up at 60-60 with 4:48 left. Roberts Wesleyan then went on a 5-0 run to take a 65-60 before the Mavericks made it a one-point affair, 65-64, with 2:12 on the clock. The Redhawks went on to make a pair of baskets on their next two possessions to take a five-point lead and held on the rest of the way for the victory.

Mercy shot 37.3 percent (22-of-59) from the floor, 40.7 percent (11-of-27) from downtown and 75.0 percent (15-of-20) from the charity stripe. Roberts Wesleyan shot 37.5 percent (24-of-64) from the field, 35.3 percent (12-of-34) from beyond the arc and 88.2 percent (15-of-17) from the foul line. The Redhawks held a 41-40 advantage on the glass and a 15-6 edge in second chance points.

Head Coach Jim Harter and the Mavericks resume action on Sunday, February 19th when they play at the University of the District of Columbia at 2 p.m.