Breast Cancer Awareness Game: Warriors Fall to Holy Family at Home

Breast Cancer Awareness Game: Warriors Fall to Holy Family at Home
The Nyack College women's basketball team hosted Holy Family University on Saturday. With pink posters and t-shirts peppered throughout the gym urging encouragement for those in the battle against breast cancer, the Warriors fought hard but ended the game in a 55-75 loss to the Tigers.
 
The Warriors started out strong, as their offense took charge of the game in the first quarter. Bryanna Brown's 3-pointer broke a tie with 3 minutes left in the quarter to give Nyack the lead, and a layup by Japria Karim-Duvall followed by a quick 3-point shot from Jocelin Wright extended their advantage. 
 
Nyack kept their lead until halfway through the second quarter, when Holy Family's offense began making a surge of their own. Audrey Matteson made a layup to give the Warriors the lead back briefly, but Holy Family's Casey Schweitzer scored on a long-distance 3-pointer to give the Tigers the lead for the first time in the game. From there, Holy Family went on a scoring run that was stopped by two free throws made by Wright, and Matteson followed up with another layup. Brown scored on a layup just before halftime, and the Warriors went into the half down by 7 at 31-38.
 
The second half opened up with the Tigers continuing to surge on offense, as Holy Family started it off with an immediate 3-pointer and continued to make long-distance shots to pull away. Nyack's defense fought to claim defensive rebounds and create turnovers, with a steal by Brown and an offensive rebound by Wright leading to a score to break the Tigers' scoring run.
 
In the fourth quarter, the Warriors kept playing aggressively on defense to slow down Holy Family's offense. Torie Eggers and Imani Dawson both grabbed steals within a minute of each other to set up the Warriors offense. Japria Karim-Duvall and Yamalis Villegas scored on consecutive drives in the final minutes of the quarter, but the offense was not able to overcome the deficit and the Warriors finished with a loss.
 
Japria Karim-Duvall led the Warriors offense with 15 points, and Janae Bailey grabbed 11 rebounds, also recording a block. Yamalis Villegas and Japria Karim-Duvall both contributed 3 assists. 
 
Up next, the Warriors travel to Caldwell University on Tuesday 2/13 for their game at 5:30 pm.