WRITTEN BY GREG ALCALA
The St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers Women’s Basketball beat the Saint Francis University Red Flash 82-74 earlier this afternoon as the regular season nears its end.
The Terriers definitely felt the pressure of being one of the better teams in the NEC courtesy of the Saint Francis University Red Flash who gave the Terriers all they could handle.
In notching their 17 win of the season, 17-9 overall on the season, the Terriers experienced one of the early and few test they will encounter as they March into March’s postseason.
The Terriers improved to 10-1 at home, 8-7 within the NEC Conference, clinching an NEC tournament berth for the second straight season, a win which they earned.
The Terriers traded punches early in the first half as the SFU looked to avenge their previous loss against the Terriers not too long ago, leading 18-12 with 9 min to go in the first half. The Terriers went on a run of their own, closed the gap and took the lead heading into halftime up 32-29.
The final half displayed the Terriers and their unwillingness to fold as they achieved the highest lead of the game up 57-39, a 19-2 run, which seemed to defeat the Red Flash, but tough aggressive play, missed free-throws by the Terriers and timely hoops allowed the Red Flash to creep back into the game with a chance to extend the Terriers current losing streak to three games total.
SFU’s own Senior Forward Ali Williams who led all scorers with 24 points total cut the Terriers lead to four, 75-71, with 2 min remaining to the end of regulation with a layup.
The Terriers answered with their own Junior Guard Eilidh Simpson going coast to coast converting a layup which improved the Terriers slim lead to a comfortable six 77-71.
The early missed free throws of the Terriers now now became much more significant, but with the game hanging in the balance, the Terriers were able to connect on 5 of 6 free throws icing the outcome and continuing the good times as they revert back to the winning column.
The success the Terriers enjoyed on the offensive end was evident as four players produced double-digit outings.
Forward Jessica Kaufman was almost perfect from the field, going 5-6 from the field for 15 points, while grabbing 15 rebounds and Simpson led all scorers with 22 points.
Forward Sarah Bendetti exhibited her marksmanship from behind the arc, not disappointing as she connected on 4 of 7 three-point attempts also scoring a total of 15 points and Guard Leah Fechko who struggled offensively for the most part, impacted the game from the free throw line converting 8-12 free throw attempts scoring a total of 11 points.
For the Red Flash, along with Williams performance, Junior Guard Alexa Hayward kept her team within a winner’s reach with 19 total points.
Next up for the Terriers, Robert Morris University, Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the Pope Physical Education Center at Saint Francis College.