By: Ray Walker
The Brooklyn College women’s basketball team kicked off the Eastern College Athletic Conference tournament with a dominant win over Neumann University by the final score of 81-55 on Wednesday.
After a disappointing loss in the CUNYAC final to the College of Staten Island, the Bulldogs got back to their winning ways in this wire-to-wire victory. Lead by Junior guard Karen Mak’s 24 points, Brooklyn pounded the ball in the paint over and over again and took advantage of their size against Neumann. Mak used an array of pull up jumpers and crafty layups to keep Neumann University defenders on their heels most of the night.
Playing her last game at the West Quad Gymnasium in front of a pumped-up Brooklyn College crowd, Senior forward Olivia Colbert was dominant in the paint- piling up 19 points and grabbing 4 rebounds. After shooting an abysmal 7-17 from the free throw line in the CUNYAC championship last week, Colbert bounced back going a perfect 5-5 from the line. Brooklyn didn’t miss a free throw all night, as they only shot 6 times from the stripe.
The Knights were paced by guard Aaliya Hayes’ 19 points and 16 rebounds. After a relatively close 1st quarter, Neumann seemed overmatched and overwhelmed in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, a span in which they were outscored 51-27. The Bulldogs forced Neumann into 28 turnovers, and converted those turnovers into 34 points. Brooklyn College led by as many as 32 in this game.
The Bulldogs will head to Pittsburgh to take on the top seeded Carnegie Mellon University on Friday in the ECAC Quarterfinals. Tip-off is set for 11am.