Women's Basketball Comes Up Short In Nail-Biter With Georgian Court

Women's Basketball Comes Up Short In Nail-Biter With Georgian Court
The Nyack College women's basketball team hosted Georgian Court University on Saturday afternoon, as the Warriors fought back from a close deficit but ultimately fell to the Lions in a 67-69 loss. The Warriors' CACC record now stands at 2-10.

The first half was a tight back-and-forth battle, with both teams trading scores to keep it close. The Lions started the game with 5 points in a row, but a jump shot from Yamalis Villegas kicked off an 11-1 Warriors run that was punctuated by a 3-pointer from Villegas. GCU scored three 3-pointers in two minutes to take back the lead, but Audrey Matteson scored on a layup and a free-throw to cut their lead to three points at the end of the first quarter.

The Lions offense surged back at the start of the second, despite Nyack out-rebounding GCU on the defensive end. With less than three minutes before the half, the Warriors found themselves down by 11, but held the Lions scoreless for the rest of the quarter. With 5 seconds to go, Nyack inbounded the ball to Japria Karim-Duvall, who made a catch-and-shoot buzzer-beating 3-point shot to send Nyack into halftime down by only 2 at 31-33.

The Warriors continued their offensive run into the third quarter, with a 3-pointer from Bryanna Brown bringing the Warriors within one point. Brown and Jocelin Wright grabbed two quick steals that led to Nyack scores, and a layup by Karim-Duvall gave the lead back to the Warriors. Imani Dawson scored on a layup to help Nyack keep the lead through the end of the quarter.

GCU scored two 3-pointers with 7 minutes left to play to give the Lions back the lead, but Nyack tied it back up at 55 all with consecutive scores by Brown. The score continued to go back and forth, but the Lions slowly began edging ahead. A steal by Torie Eggers gave Nyack the momentum and they came within one point at 65-66 on two Brown free throws with one minute left. GCU made three free throws as the clock wound down. Brown scored on a jump shot with 8 seconds left and Nyack forced a quick turnover, but was unable to make a last-second basket, resulting in a loss for the Warriors.

Bryanna Brown led the Warriors offense with 20 points. Japria Karin-Duvall added 8 rebounds and 3 steals, and Audrey Matteson contributed 5 assists.

Up next, the Warriors host Post University at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, 1/30.