Women’s Basketball Falls to St. Francis

By Julian Bell
Sports Writer

(HACKENSACK) – The FDU Women’s basketball team fell to St. Francis Brooklyn 66-59 on a home Monday night game on January 23, when they were unable to overcome a 15-point halftime deficit. The Knights secured a 3-2 lead early on after Madelynn Comly made a three-pointer good from downtown, but this lead was short-lived after St. Francis Brooklyn managed to put up the next five points. Once the Terriers took a 7-3 lead, FDU trailed for the remainder of the contest. St. Francis Brooklyn (6-13, 4-4 NEC) led 23-14 after the first quarter and 38-23 at the half. The Terriers got 10 points in the first half from Maria Palarino, and another 10 from Olivia Levey. Fairleigh Dickinson (4-15, 2-6 NEC) shot 41 percent (9-22) from the field in the first half, compared to 42 percent in the final two quarters. The Knights were able to make it a 7-point game during the third period, trailing the Terriers 40-47. They scored 15 points off turnovers, out-scoring the Terriers 20-12 for the period. During the fourth with the game at 50-43, the Knights cut the lead to 9, 55-46 off, a 3-pointer made by Kiana Brown with 5:42 remaining, but the Terriers held them at bay for the duration to come away with a 66-59 victory. For the game, St. Francis Brooklyn shot 43 percent with a 41-29 advantage on the glass. The Terriers were paced by Alex Delany who had 15 points, and went 5-of-8 from the 3-point line. Kat Phipps scored 10 points and went a perfect 6-of-6 on free throws.