Comeback Not Enough as Lady Warriors Drop OT Heartbreaker to Post, 76-73

Comeback Not Enough as Lady Warriors Drop OT Heartbreaker to Post, 76-73

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The Basics
 Nyack 73, Post 76
Nyack Record: 1-14, 1-8 CACC
Post Record: 5-12, 5-3 CACC
Location: Bowman Gym | Nyack, NY

NYACK, NY - The Nyack College women's basketball team overcame a twenty point deficit in the first half against Post University and would outscore their opponents 47-37 in the second half to force an extra period. In the end Nyack would get edged-out by the visiting eagles 76-73.

What Happened
The Warriors were silenced for the first eight minutes of play (20-0) as Post jumped out to an early advantage before a Shabreka Edwards (Ashburn, GA) layup finally put Nyack on the score board at the 11:37 mark (20-2). 

By 8:26 the eagles led by eighteen points as Nyack trailed 25-7. Freshman guard Alyssa Gatti (Brooklyn, NY) would register the last fourteen points of the half which featured a 14-6 Warrior run that brought the team into halftime trailing by ten points, 31-21.

During the second half, Nyack utilized shooting 55.6 percent from the field (15-of-27) to help get back into the game, but with both teams rallying back-and-forth, Nyack was unable to get within eight points and eventually fell to a sixteen point trail (52-36) at 10:27. 

A series of late runs got the Warriors back on track and with under five minutes to play, Warrior Gatti sparked a 9-0 run that featured two clutch treys by Janay Truiett (Baltimore, MD), along with some luck on the foul line to bring Nyack to just a three-point trail by the 1:58 mark (64-61). With 00:05 left in regulation, free throws by Gatti tied the contest 68-68 and sent the teams to overtime. 

The extra period was a closely contested five minutes of action but in the end Nyack would slip to Post 76-73.

Gatti caught fire to lead the Warriors with a career-high 27 points. Teammate Edwards tallied 14 points and Raven Makins (Laurel, MD) contributed with 13 points in the losing effort while yanking down a game-high 9 boards along with Warrior Tori Trador (Semenole, FL). Trador dished a game-high five assists and her big efforts on defense resulted in a game-high five steals respectively.

Nicole Sheloski led Post with 20 points while two other Eagles net double-figures; Deasia Acklin (17) and Jessica Ayala (10).

Words From Coach
"We're interested in getting better daily. Our ladies showed incredible effort to get back into that game. I am pleased with how we competed and didn't pack in in when we got down big," stated head coach Dave Julien after the game. 

Up Next
Nyack is scheduled to host Bloomfield at Bowman Gymnasium on Wednesday, January 21st in another Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) showdown. Tip-off is set for 5:30PM. Video stream link could be found on the complete 2014-15 women's basketball game schedule.

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