by Mary Lakhan
Friday evening inside the Pope Physical Education Center, the St. Francis Women’s Basketball Team (8-17, 4-10) conquered the Bryant University Bulldogs (8-17, 6-8) by a score of 80-77.
The Terriers took a 9-4 lead over the Bulldogs early in the first quarter. Slowing cutting the lead on a 9-7 run, the Bulldogs would trail by three at the end of the quarter, 16-13. In the second quarter, however, they would outscore the Terriers 20-10. On a 20-7 run the Bulldogs would take a 10-point lead over the Terriers with 42 seconds remaining on the clock, 23-33. They took the quarter 33-26.
Coming out from the locker room, the Terriers started their comeback as the score was 54-55 at the end of the quarter. Freshman guard Nevena Dimitrijevic recorded a high of 13 points within the quarter. Continuing in the fourth quarter with their comeback, the Terriers would go on a 15-4 run to take a 10-point lead over the Bulldogs, 69-59. They continued as they outscored the Bulldogs 26-22 ending taking the contest 80-77.
Top performers from the Bulldogs were Sydney Holloway, Brooke Bjelko, Nicole Gallagher, and Alana Perkins.
Senior guard/forward Sydney Holloway led her team with a double-double in 19 minutes. She recorded 19 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, one steal, and landed seven of eight shots at the free-throw line.
Junior center Brooke Bjelko finished with 16 points in 24 minutes. She grabbed four rebounds, assisted in one basket, and recorded four blocks.
Freshman guard Nicole Gallagher finished with 14 points in 36 minutes. She also finished with five rebounds, three assists, one steal, scored three of seven attempted three-pointers and landed a lonesome shot at the free-throw line.
Freshman guard Alana Perkins tallied 12 points in 26 minutes. She grabbed two rebounds, assisted in one basket, and scored four of nine attempted three-pointers.
From the Terriers, top performers were Nevena Dimitrijevic, Alyssa Fisher, Ally Lassen, Melody Van Ness, and Abby Anderson.
Freshman guard Nevena Dimitrijevic finished with a high of 27 points in 38 minutes. She grabbed three rebounds, assisted in nine baskets, recorded one block and three steals, scored five of eight attempted three-pointers, and landed two of three shots at the free-throw line.
Freshman guard Alyssa finished with a career-high of 17 points in 26 minutes. She grabbed two rebounds, assisted in one basket, recorded one steal, scored three of five attempted three-pointers, and landed two perfect shots at the free-throw line.
Junior forward Ally Lassen recorded 15 points in 27 minutes. She grabbed four rebounds, assisted in two baskets, recorded one steal and landed three of four shots at the free-throw line.
Junior guard Melody Van Ness finished with nine points in 11 minutes of play. She grabbed two rebounds, recorded one steal and shot three perfect three-pointers.
Junior forward Abby Anderson finished with eight points in 25 minutes. She grabbed 10 rebounds, assisted in two baskets, recorded one steal, and scored two of four shots at the free-throw line.
The Terriers will be back in action on Sunday, February 23, as they host Wagner at the Pope Physical Education Center, Brooklyn Heights, New York. Game tips off at 1 p.m.