Breen Nets 17, O'Donnell Scores 1,700th Point as Women's Basketball Defeats Old Westbury
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Alexis Breen (Union Beach, N.J./Keyport) led three Bears in double-figures and the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) women's basketball team overcame an eight-point deficit to capture a 68-57 Skyline Conference win over SUNY College at Old Westbury on Sunday afternoon at Farmingdale State College.
How it Happened
Kelly O'Donnell (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) drained a triple one minute in to notch her 1,700th point and the teams traded the lead four times early with Emma Kiley's (Whitestone, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy) layup putting the Bears (2-7, 2-4) ahead 12-11 at the 4:20 mark of the 1st quarter. But the hosts responded with nine unanswered and carried a 22-17 lead into the first break.
The Panthers (1-3, 1-3) stretched their lead to 27-19 over the first four minutes but SJC scored the next 10 points with Grace Kennedy (Maspeth, N.Y./Monsignor McClancy) powering the spurt with five points, her triple putting the Bears ahead 29-17 with three minutes before the intermission. Kennedy would score all seven of her points in the period to lead all scorers and the Bears won the period 20-12 and took a 37-34 lead into the lockers.
With SJC holding on to a one-point lead, the Bears were sparked by four points each from Fatima Monsour (Brooklyn, N.Y./New Utrecht) and Breen within an 8-0 run to stretch their lead to nine, 45-36. The Bears hed the Panthers to just three field goals and 16 percent shooting in the period and extended their lead to 53-41 after three quarters.
Old Westbury edged out SJC 16-15 in the fourth quarter but couldn't get any closer than six as Kiley scored 10 of the Bears' 15 points in the final 10 minutes to help preserve the win.
For the Bears
Breen shot 7-of-15 from the field with a trio of three-pointers to lead the Bears with 17 points. She also had two rebounds, two assists, and a steal.
O'Donnell had 14 and 14 for her 39th career double-double. With 1,711 career points, she is second among all active players in Division III.
Kiley fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 14 points (7-of-13 shooting), nine boards and four rejections.
Kennedy chipped in seven points, four rebounds, and two dimes.
The Bears have three weeks off from game action, returning to the hardwood in the new year heading to the Bronx to face the College of Mount Saint Vincent on Tuesday, January 4. Tip-off is 6 p.m. with live stats and video at SJCBears.com/live.