BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – The Concordia College New York women's basketball hosted Wilmington University (Del.) on Saturday afternoon, outscoring the visiting Wildcats 52-37 in the second half while shooting .667 (18-27) over the final 20 minutes of play to prevail 78-67 in Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) action.
• Concordia improves to 3-12, 1-5 in CACC play.
• Wilmington drops to 3-11 overall, 3-3 in league action.
• The Clippers' .474 field goal percentage marks a season-high.
• Junior guard Nicole Nicholson (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored a game-high 20 points with four steals
• Sophomore guard Cameron Corbett (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored 18 points while adding eight assists and five rebounds.
• Sophomore forward Sabrina Clement (Queens, N.Y.) pulled down 10 rebounds to go with a block and steal.
• Junior center Amiya Rankins (Somerset, N.J.) scored 14 points on 6-8 shooting in 14 minutes.
• For Wilmington, Macy Robinson scored 13 points with four assists and four steals while Jadyn Whitsitt recorded 11 points with seven rebounds and six steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Wilmington opened the contest with a jumper, while a triple from Nicholson propelled Concordia to a 3-2 lead with 8:40 remaining. Wilmington pushed ahead 11-8 with 4:41 left in the quarter before an 8-2 stretch flipped the three-point lead at 16-13 with 44 seconds remaining. Wilmington ended the frame with a layup in the final seconds to make it 16-15.
• After a Wilmington basket in response to a Corbett free throw evened the score at 17-all, back-to-back layups from sophomore guard Jordyn Hornbuckle (Hopkinsville, Ky.) and Corbett pushed the Clippers ahead 21-17 with 8:36 remaining in the half. Wilmington answered with 13-straight points to take a 30-21 lead, with Concordia scoring the final five points of the half to create a 30-26 halftime score.
• The two sides split the initial 14 points of the third quarter to keep the four-point separation at 37-33 before back-to-back Wildcats baskets gave the visitors a 41-33 advantage with 5:18 remaining in the frame. Concordia responded with a 9-4 stretch to make it a one-point game at 45-44, eventually taking the lead at 48-47 off a sophomore guard Saundra Cleckley (Queens, N.Y.) layup with 1:08 to go in the quarter. Concordia ended the frame with a 5-2 stretch to make it 53-49.
• Concordia began the final stanza with a 9-2 run to create a double-digit separation at 62-51 with 8:22 to go. Wilmington cut the deficit to four at 66-62 with 3:17 remaining before a 12-1 Concordia run extended the lead to 78-63 with 53 seconds left. Wilmington scored the final four points of the contest to create the final score.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Clippers converted on 27-57 shots, going 6-13 from three-point territory and 18-26 from the free throw line.
• Wilmington finished 26-51 from the field, 3-11 from distance and 12-23 from the free throw line.
• Concordia dished out 17 assists versus 16 for the visitors.
• Concordia committed 24 turnovers, resulting in 21 points for Wilmington. The Wildcats committed 22 turnovers, leading to 26 points.
• Concordia held a 34-31 advantage in rebounds.
• Both sides got 21 points off the bench.
• Concordia recorded nine steals with two blocks while Wilmington stole the ball 13 times with four blocks.
The women's basketball team hits the road to take on Dominican College (N.Y.) on Wednesday, Jan. 16 for a 5:30 p.m. CACC contest.