Women's Basketball Moves Past Concordia in CACC Opener

Women's Basketball Moves Past Concordia in CACC Opener

The Nyack College Warriors women's basketball hosted Concordia College on Saturday to start off conference play, capturing their first win of the season in a 62-56 victory.

In the first half, the Warriors offense got off to a slow start, with their first points coming nearly 3 minutes into the game. Nyack's defense held the Clippers to 2 points during that time, giving the Warriors the ability to jump back into the game. Khadijah Hickson and Kelli Smoot made consecutive 3-point shots near the 10-minute mark to give Nyack their first lead of the game at 16-15.

The rest of the half was an intense back-and-forth battle, with neither team leading by more than 3 at a time. Nyack's offense was able to push through a tough Concordia defense and play aggressively under the basket, scoring most of their shots on layups from drives and offensive rebounds. The Warriors made 100% of their shots from the free throw line in the first half, and ended the half down by 1 with the score at 27-28.

Starting the second half, Concordia slowly started to pull away. Nyack lost the ball on two quick turnovers and the Clippers scored 8 in a row, but the Warriors were undeterred. Bryanna Brown's 3-pointer 5 minutes in stopped the Concordia run, and Nyack kept pace, scoring two consecutive jump shots to close in on the Clippers.

With 10 minutes left to play, the Warriors' offense surged up, making breakaway shots to gain back the momentum. Yamalis Villegas and Audrey Matteson opened up the scoring run with two quick layups, and the Warriors kept their consistency at the foul line to keep the advantage. With the score tied at 53 with just under 2 minutes left, Nyack sank 6 free throws and a layup while holding off the Clippers offense to finish off the game in their first victory.

Yamalis Villegas led the Nyack offense with 19 points, including 10 free throws on 10 attempts. Jocelin Wright had 10 rebounds with 7 coming on the defensive end, and Bryanna Brown added 3 steals.

Up next, the Warriors travel to Felician on Tuesday 12/5 to continue conference play.