BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Sophomore guards Saundra Cleckley (Queens, N.Y.) and Jackie Ciccotto (Staten Island, N.Y.) both set career-highs on Tuesday afternoon with Cleckley also matching a personal-best for the Concordia College (N.Y.) women's basketball team in a 69-49 setback to visiting Molloy College.
• Concordia falls to 1-4.
• Molloy improves to 3-1.
• Cleckley orchestrated the offense for Concordia with seven assists while sparking the defense with a career-high four steals.
• Ciccotto pulled down a personal-best six rebounds with five points.
• Sophomore forward Sabrina Clement (Queens, N.Y.) matched Ciccotto with six rebounds on top of eight points, two assists and a block.
• Sophomore guard Cameron Corbett (Staten Island, N.Y.) scored a team-high 13 points with a block and steal.
• For Molloy, Marthe Guirand scored 15 points with nine rebounds while Ihnacinse Grady tallied 13 points with seven assists and four steals.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• After exchanging free throws to start the contest, Molloy scored seven-straight to take an 8-1 advantage. Corbett ended the run with a layup, only for another 7-0 spurt for the visitors extending the separation to double-digits at 15-3. Clement ended the first quarter scoring with a pair of free throws, making it 15-5.
• Junior center Amiya Rankins (Somerset, N.J.) converted a three-point play to begin the second quarter, with the two sides splitting the ensuing 22 points to keep the seven-point separation at 26-19 with 4:55 left in the half. A triple from junior guard Nicole Nicholson (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Cleckley layup after a Molloy jumper cut the gap to four at 28-24 with 2:57 left in the half, but the Lions ended the frame on a 6-2 run to create a 34-26 halftime score.
• Molloy kicked off the second half with a 13-4 stretch to take a 47-30 lead with 6:33 remaining in the third quarter. Back-to-back triples for freshman guard Sara Hopkins (Mountain Top, Pa.) cut the separation down to 52-38, but Molloy ended the quarter with a triple and jump shot to hold a 57-38 lead heading into the final 10 minutes.
• Clement scored the opening basket of the final quarter before a 15-0 Molloy run created a 65-40 score. Concordia ended the contest on a 9-4 stretch with sophomore guard Jordyn Hornbuckle (Hopkinsville, Ky.), Nicholson, Corbett and freshman guard Faith Hernandez (Queens, N.Y.) all contributing.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Clippers converted on 17-49 shots, going 5-14 from three-point territory and 10-16 from the free throw line.
• Molloy finished 27-55 from the field, 8-19 from distance and 7-10 from the free throw line.
• Concordia dished out 12 assists versus 20 for the visitors.
• Concordia committed 20 turnovers, resulting in 17 points for Molloy. The Lions committed 19 turnovers, leading to 19 points.
• Molloy held a 36-28 advantage in rebounds.
• Concordia' bench scored 17 points while Molloy got 21 from its bench.
• Concordia recorded six steals with three blocks while Molloy stole the ball 10 times with three blocks.
The Clippers hit the road to take on the New York Institute of Technology on Wednesday, Oct. 28 in a 5 p.m. non-conference contest.