Mount Saint Mary Blue Knights Blow Out CCNY

By Matt Merritt

NEWBURGH – The Mount Saint Mary College Women’s Basketball team cruised past The City College of New York at home Saturday afternoon, winning 85-20. Kate Hughes and Cailean Nolan were the lone double-digit scorers for the Mount.

Saturday’s win pushes the Mount to 6-3 overall on the campaign while maintaining their 3-1 mark in conference play. The City College of New York falls to 2-5 overall on the season and stays at 0-1 in CUNYAC play.

First Half
The Knights jumped out to a 10-0 lead in a hurry, highlighted by a triple by Lauren Desrats at the 5:50 mark of the opening frame.

A layup by Odalis Garcia cut the Beavers deficit to 10-5 with 4:27 remaining in the first quarter.

A Beavers’ three-pointer by Kasia Morrison at the 2:26 mark of the first period slashed the Beavers deficit to 14-10.

Kaeli McAnally ended the opening quarter by draining a triple with 58 seconds left to give the Mount a 17-10 lead.

The Knights went on a 12-0 run from the 6:34 mark to the 2:40 mark of the second stanza, where Erin Smith drilled a three to give the Knights a 31-14 advantage.

E. Smith ended the quarter by beating the buzzer on a layup to enter the break with the Knights holding a 38-15 edge.

The Mount shot 16-for-46 from the field and 6-for-22 from beyond the arc in the first half.

The Beavers shot 5-of-20 from the field and just 1-of-3 from deep.

Second Half
The third quarter started in similar fashion as the second ended, with the Knights ripping off a 16-2 run through the first five minutes. Hughes scored ten points during the run as the Mount Saint Mary lead grew to 54-17.

Nolan nailed a three at the buzzer to end the third quarter, extending the Knights lead to 63-19.

The fourth quarter was even more dominant than the third for the Knights as they went on a 22-0 run through the first eight minutes and allowed just a single point in the entire quarter.

Katelyn McCann knocked down two triples during the run, the latter coming at the 3:32 mark as the Knights lead grew to 81-19.

Ava DiScala scored the Mount’s final points of the game, sinking a layup with 2:01 remaining as the Knights led 85-19.

The Mount shot 52.5-percent from the floor in the second half, including 30-percent from three.

CCNY shot just 7.1-percent from the field after halftime and were 0-for-10 from deep.

For The Knights
Hughes scored a game-high 12 points, shooting 6-for-10 from the field and added a team-high eight rebounds.

Nolan was good for 10 points, knocking down two triples on four attempts and adding seven rebounds.

E. Smith recorded a team-high three steals, while scoring eight points and dishing out three assists.

Katie Smith had seven points, six rebounds, and four assists in an all-around performance.

For The Beavers
Monae Laing scored a team-high eight points while pulling down a game-high 13 boards.
Kasia Morrison scored five points and hit the team’s lone triple and ripped down six rebounds.

The Knights will enter the holiday break for a few weeks before returning to action on January 3, when they host Farmingdale State in a Skyline Conference matchup.

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