The women’s basketball team earned their first CUNYAC victory over Lehman College Friday night, in a 14-point blowout 69-55.
Brooklyn jumped out to a 12-point lead at the end of the first quarter as its defense held Lehman to seven points. The Bulldogs’ hot shooting continued into the second quarter as they scored 20 points, shooting an outstanding 48% from the field. Lehman, on the other hand, managed to score in double digits in the second quarter but shot poorly from the field, shooting 27% from the field in the first half.
As the third quarter tipped off, Lehman’s shooting funk seemed to be a thing of the past as they outscored Brooklyn by 10 points in the quarter, cutting Brooklyn’s double-digit lead to just six points. The Bulldogs responded to their low scoring third quarter, opening the final period with a 10-0 run, opening their biggest lead of the game with a 16-point advantage with just a bit over six minutes to play. The run secured Brooklyn’s eighth victory this season and their first CUNYAC win of the season.
Brooklyn’s Chanel Jemmott (#50) led the team in scoring with 22 points on an impressive 10-14 from the field, good for 71% from the field. Senior guard Karen Mak (#5) chipped in with 11 points while shooting 41% from the field. Brooklyn continues its road trip as they travel to New Jersey on Tuesday to take on Montclair State University in a non-conference game.
The struggles for head coach Rich Micallef and the Bulldogs continue to haunt them as they drop their eighth straight game, this time against Lehman College in a 62-85 loss. The 2017-18 season has not started off as Brooklyn would have liked, as they’re now 0-8 this season.
Brooklyn looked to get their first win of the season, and what better way than against a CUNYAC opponent? But throughout the first half, things didn’t look to be going Brooklyn’s way as they trailed by as many as 10 points before halftime. Lehman would close the half with a 6-1 run after back-to-back three pointers by junior forward Daniel Shulman, which gave the Lightning a 45-39 advantage at the half.
It’s hard to believe, but Brooklyn’s shooting struggles got worse in the second half. Their shooting percentage went from 39% in the first half to 28% in the final two quarters. The Bulldogs three point percentage fell drastically as well, shooting just 9% from behind the arc, on 1-11 from three. Lehman would go on to outscore the Bulldogs by 17 in the second half, which secured their 85-62 victory.
Senior guard Niv Konfino (#5) led the Bulldogs in scoring 19 points on 8-20 from the field. Freshman guard Alpha Bah (#14) had a career high 10 points on the night on 5-7 shooting. Brooklyn will take some time off from the court as they return to action December 28th in the Land of Magic Tournament in Daytona, Florida.