By Justin Satkowski
BROOKLYN - Mount Saint Mary College overcame a slow start to defeat NYU-Poly, 60-48, in Skyline Conference action on Saturday. The Knights moved their winning streak to seven and improve to 12-7 overall (9-1 Skyline).
Mount Saint Mary had just four points through nearly the first eight minutes, but would only trail by as many as five in the early going. Back-to-back buckets from junior Rachel Perrone gave the Knights their first lead and her jumper with 53 seconds remaining in the opening half sent the Mount to the locker room with a 25-23 advantage.
A three-pointer from sophomore Lauren Romao pushed the Mount lead to nine, but NYU-Poly wouldn’t go away just yet. The Fighting Blue Jays crept back into the game with a 9-2 run and trailed by just two (36-34) with 11 minutes remaining.
Mount sophomore Natalie Candarelli had an answer, draining consecutive jumpers to spark an 8-0 run for the visitors. The Fighting Blue Jays made one last push and got to within six on a pair of free throws from freshman Aisha Abu Marzoug at the 2:38 mark. Romao had the answer this time, as she swished a three-pointer to push the lead back to nine and put the game out of reach. The Knights took care of their free throws down the stretch to earn the 12-point win.
Romao led the Knights with 15 points, while Perrone tallied a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Senior Becky Metzger just missed a double-double of her own with 12 points and nine boards. Candarelli also reached double figures with 10 points.
Sophomore Catherine Thompson led NYU-Poly with 12 points and freshman Alyssa D’Apice added 11. The Fighting Blue Jays committed 18 turnovers in the game.
Mount Saint Mary completes a string of three straight road games with a trip to Old Westbury on Thursday. The game is set for a 6:00 p.m. start in Old Westbury, NY.