By Ray Walker
The Brooklyn College women’s basketball program fell to the College of Staten Island Dolphins in the CUNYAC championship 53-42 on Friday at the Nat Holman Gymnasium at City College.
Unable to find their offensive rhythm all night, the Bulldogs had to crawl back into the game after trailing by as many as 18 points in the second half. Despite senior forward Olivia Colbert’s 15 points and 14 rebounds, her 7-17 performance from the free throw line was detrimental to the Bulldogs’ chances to build a comeback.
As a team, the Bulldogs struggled from long distance throughout the night. After going 0-6 in the first half from beyond the arc, a 2-18 performance from long range on the night as a team costed the Bulldogs’ the chance to shoot their way back into the contest.
Multiple Bulldogs struggled offensively. Senior guard Twanda Holder finished 0-8 from the field and 0-5 from distance. Senior guard Taylor Gallagher and sophomore guard Lauren D’Agostino added to the Bulldogs’ offensive woes by shooting 2-9 from the field and 0-5 from distance as a pair.
While the Dolphins also shot a troubling 28% from the field, they countered that by knocking down ten three pointers. Lead by CUNYAC Player of the Year Christina Pasaturo, her impact on the game goes beyond her 16 points and 5 rebounds on the stat sheet. Throughout the night, Pasaturo lead the club in communication, being the facilitator of ball movement for the Dolphins- something that the Bulldogs’ defense had no answer for.
Along with their stingy full court pressure defense to force Brooklyn College into 24 turnovers, the Dolphins appeared a step ahead of the Bulldogs for a majority of the night. CSI Junior forward Angelique Price’s quick hands were able to match the amount of steals forced by the entire Bulldogs’ roster, as she and Brooklyn College both had 7 steals on the night. Price also chipped in with 14 points and 9 rebounds in the season’s most important contest.
CSI’s Christina Pasaturo was named MVP of the CUNYAC finals. With the victory, CSI earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Brooklyn College finishes the year at 21-6 (14-2 in CUNYAC), and are likely headed to the ECAC tournament.