VALHALLA, N.Y. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Despite seven different Mavericks scoring, the Mercy College women's basketball team suffered a 66-21 setback to St. Thomas Aquinas College in ECC action on Wednesday night at Westchester Community College.
The Mavericks (4-21, 2-15 ECC) fail to build off their win on Sunday, while the Spartans (18-10, 12-6 ECC) remain in second place in the ECC standings.
Junior Casey Sullivan (East Lyme, Conn./Saint Bernard) led Mercy with five points, while junior Latisha Clark (Peekskill, N.Y./Peekskill) produced four points and five rebounds. Freshman Abigail Collier (Watertown, Conn./Watertown) netted three points and a team-high six rebounds.
The Spartans were led by Jenna Erickson, who recorded thirteen points, five assists, and four steals.
Mercy was led by Clark in the first quarter, who was able to put Mercy on the board in the first two minutes of play when she received a pass from Collier for a successful jump shot. Collier guided the Mavericks defense by grabbing two rebounds and blocking one shot for the quarter. Erickson was able to record seven points for the Spartans. The Mavericks entered the second quarter trailing the Spartans with a score of 13-2.
The Spartans continued to control the game offensively in the second quarter, holding the Mavericks to just four points. Adiya Henderson opened up the scoring when she was able to grab an offensive rebound and capitalize with a layup. Clark was able to answer back and put Mercy on the board with two successful free throw shots to improve the score to 15-4. The Spartans then scored five unanswered points before junior Monet Keane-Dawes (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Midwood) made a layup to improve the Mavericks points to six. Mercy was unable to score the remainder of the quarter, and entered halftime trailing 34-6.
The third quarter saw the most points for the Mavericks throughout the contest. The Spartans opened up the second half on 5-0 run before sophomore Cynthia Perez (Middle Village, N.Y. / Christ the King) was able to get the Mavericks scoring started when she made a layup with 8:39 on the clock. The Spartans were able to answer with eight straight points before Sullivan put the Mavericks in double-digits with two successful free throws. The remainder of the quarter was a back-and-forth battle, with the Spartans hitting a jump shot and freshman Caralie Wilson (Gold Coast, Australia / John Paul College) answering back just thirty seconds later with a layup to keep the Mavericks in the fight. A three pointer from Sullivan in the final two minutes of the quarter would bring the score to 54-15 entering the final quarter of the game.
The Spartans were able to earn the victory in the fourth quarter of the game, recording 12 points compared to the Mavericks six.
The Mavericks ended the night shooting 14.9 percent (7-of-47) from the field, compared to the Spartans who shot 40.0 percent (26-of-65). St. Thomas Aquinas held a 20-6 edge in the paint and maintained a 31-3 edge in points off turnovers.
Head Coach Jim Harter and the Mavericks look to conclude the season on a high note as they host NYIT for Senior Day on Saturday, February 25th at 12:30 p.m.