Warriors Fall to STAC in Home Opener

Warriors Fall to STAC in Home Opener
The Nyack College women's basketball team hosted St. Thomas Aquinas College in the Warriors' first home game of the season, starting off strong but eventually falling to the Spartans in a 33-74 loss.
The first quarter began with both teams fighting for points in a back-and-forth battle on the scoreboard. Yamelis Villegas put the Warriors on the board with the first 3-pointer of the game. There were five lead changes and one tie, as defense was the name of the game for both sides. Nyack answered a STAC 7-point surge with 5 straight points of their own to close out the quarter with a score of 12-14.
From there, the Warriors were pressed hard on defense by an attacking Spartans offense. Nyack was kept from scoring in the first part of the second quarter, finally breaking through with a field goal and pair of free throws to re-start their offense. The Warriors fought it out under the basket in a strong rebounding game led by Janae Bailey, who finished with 8 total rebounds. Despite their efforts, Nyack went into halftime down by 12 at 20-32.
The third quarter opened in a similar fashion for the Warriors, as STAC again kept them from scoring in the first 5 minutes. Nyack's offense, led by Bryanna Brown, got back on track heading into the fourth quarter, but was too late to stop the Spartans surge. Japria Karim-Duvall opened the fourth by blocking a shot, which fueled the Warriors defense in holding the Spartans scoreless for the next 2 minutes. STAC then made three 3-pointers, answered by one from Brown, to close out the game.
Bryanna Brown scored 16 for Nyack to tie for the game-high amount of points, making 7 out of 8 free throw attempts. Janae Bailey also made 7/8 free throws and led the game with 8 rebounds. Jocelin Wright and Japria Karim-Duvall contributed a block each on defense.
Up next, Nyack faces Merrimack in another home game on Saturday.