Monroe Mustangs Women’s Basketball Drops Close Contest at Nassau

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., February 10, 2019 – The Monroe College Mustangs women's basketball team fell late in Sunday's 61-58 defeat at Nassau Community College. Monroe falls to 18-7 on the year with the loss, while the Lions improve to 21-5. The Mustangs took a quick 4-0 lead in the first on Sunday, but the Lions soon turned that into a 5-4 lead of their own. The first quarter saw the score tied three times, including a late 13-13 stalemate after a three by Shanice Graves. Destiny Jennings made a layup for the final points of the first, leaving Monroe up, 15-13. Nassau opened the second on an 8-0 run to go up by six. The Lions later pushed their lead to 10 with 5:33 remaining in the half, but an 8-0 run of their own got the Mustangs back within two points. The Lions managed to get their lead back up to eight, and eventually took a 36-29 edge into halftime. The Lions led by as many as nine early in the third quarter, but the Mustangs took full control of the frame after the 8:52 mark. A 10-point run for the Mustangs put them back in the lead by one. A late flurry then saw the Mustangs claim a 46-41 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Five straight points by the Lions tied the game 36 seconds into the final frame. That turned into a 10-0 run to open the fourth, giving the home team a five-point lead. The Mustangs later tied the game at 52-52 with 4:33 on the clock, and later led by three at the 3:33 mark. Nassau made it a one-point game, but Ty-Tiana Parker made two free throws to push the lead back up to three with 1:45 to play. Emily Pohalski then hit a three for Nassau to tie the game at 58-58. Monroe was unable to score the next two times down the court, and the Lions drew a foul with 10 seconds left. Pohalski made both chances from the line to give Nassau a 60-58 lead. The Mustangs were fouled shortly after, but were unable to make either of their chances from the charity stripe. Pohalski was sent back to the line with just five seconds left, making 1-of-2 to make it a three-point game. The Mustangs were unable to get a clean shot off, resulting in a three-point defeat. Aneisha Lyons led the team with 11 points on Sunday, adding 14 rebounds to complete a double-double. Graves also finished with a double-double with 10 points and 12 boards. Jennings just missed joining them with eight points, but had a spectacular 19 rebounds for a new season-high. Jermia Dumas added 10 points off the bench for the Mustangs. The Mustangs will look to rebound on Thursday, Feb. 14, when they host Essex County College at the Monroe Athletic Complex. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. ABOUT THE ATHLETIC PROGRAM AT MONROE COLLEGE The athletic program at Monroe College encompasses a total of 27 teams competing across nine sports. There are 18 varsity and junior varsity programs, as well as club men's and women's rugby, competing on the New Rochelle campus as the Monroe Mustangs (NJCAA Division I). The Monroe Express, based out of the Bronx campus as of the fall of 2017, has seven teams competing at the NJCAA Division III level.

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