PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Concordia College (N.Y.) women's basketball team traveled to Pace University on Saturday afternoon for a non-conference contest, falling to the host Setters 79-45.
• Concordia falls to 1-3.
• Pace improves to 1-3.
• Junior guard Nicole Nicholson (Staten Island, N.Y.) paced the offense with 15 points while sparking the defense with four steals.
• Sophomore guard Saundra Cleckley (Queens, N.Y.) dished out a team-best three assists with one block and one steal.
• Sophomore guard Jordyn Hornbuckle (Hopkinsville, Ky.) pulled down a game-high nine rebounds.
• Junior center Amiya Rankins (Somerset, N.J.) scored 10 points.
• Freshman guard Sara Hopkins (Mountain Top. Pa.) scored a career-high 10 points.
• For Pace, Lauren Schetter scored 16 points with eight rebounds and three blocks while Lauren Hackett recorded four assists with 11 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Pace began the contest with back-to-back layups and a free throw before a layup from Rankins got the Clippers on the scoreboard and made it 5-2 with 8:38 remaining. The Setters extended the gap with three-consecutive layups, creating a double-digit separation at 18-9 following a 7-2 stretch with 4:06 left in the quarter. Sophomore guard Cameron Corbett (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Nicholson connected on a layup and three pointer back-to-back to cut the separation to six, while a Setters free throw and layup before the quarter ended created a 21-12 score heading into the second frame.
• The hosts opened the second quarter with four-straight layups to take a 29-12 lead with 7:22 left in the half. Hopkins ended the run with a jump shot, only for a 7-0 Pace spree making it 36-14 with 4:32 to go in the half. Concordia got eight more points before halftime with Nicholson responsible for six as Pace held a 46-22 advantage at the intermission.
• Rankins and Cleckley scored back-to-back baskets to begin the third quarter, but an 8-0 retort from the hosts created a 54-26 score with 5:34 remaining. The two sides split the ensuing 12 points to make it 60-32 before back-to-back-to-back layups by the hosts extending the gap to 66-32 with 59 seconds left in the quarter. Concordia ended the frame on a 5-2 run with Hopkins and Rankins scoring for Concordia to make it 68-37.
• Nicholson kicked off the fourth quarter with a triple, leading to nearly three minutes of scoreless action before a 6-0 run by Pace with four points coming from the free throw line made it 74-40 with 4:20 left to play. The two sides split the final 10 points to create the final score.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Clippers converted on 19-66 shots, going 4-15 from three-point territory and 3-5 from the free throw line.
• Pace finished 31-67 from the field, 4-12 from distance and 13-19 from the free throw line.
• Concordia dished out eight assists versus 15 for the hosts.
• Concordia committed 17 turnovers, resulting in 26 points for Pace. The Setters committed 15 turnovers, leading to 11 points.
• Pace held a 50-35 advantage in rebounds.
• Concordia' bench scored 14 points while Pace got 26 from its bench.
• Concordia recorded eight steals with two blocks while Pace stole the ball eight times with four blocks.
The Clippers hosts Molloy College on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m.