By Sheldon Gomes
The Knights seem to have hit their stride in the season as they powered past the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers for a 72-62 victory on Friday.
The first half of the game was competitive but FDU was able to control most of the way. The Terriers’ largest lead would only be three points for a short period in the first quarter.
The third quarter served as the key to victory for FDU. With the score stuck at 39-34, the Knights would go on a 9-0 run to push the lead to 14. The Knights won every quarter; their largest lead of the game was 19 which the Terriers were unable to overcome.
FDU finished shooting 27-57 (47.4 %) from the floor as a team and also poured in seven threes in 16 attempts (43.8 %). They also knocked down 11 free throws in 14 attempts from the line.
The Knights also made things difficult for the Terriers, forcing them to shoot just 20-60 (33.3%) overall and 5-16 from three (31.3%). They attempted nine more free throws than the Knights and went 17-23 (73.9%).
There was contribution coming from everywhere for FDU as they saw three of their players score in double digits. Additionally for the Knights, five of their 10 players pulled down over five rebounds as they were all over the glass.
Madison Stanley had the most impressive performance of the night, making nine of her 14 shots for a game-high 25 points, while also grabbing nine rebounds and making her presence felt on the defensive end with four blocked shots. Behind Stanley was Aniya Bell who put up a 22 point effort with four made threes. Chloe Wilson was another notable name on the box score which is becoming a regular occurrence for her as she finished with 13 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
Ally Lassen was a lone bright spot for the Terriers as she finished with 20 points on 7-13 shooting. Nevena Dimitrijevic also contributed 13 points followed by nine points from Khaleah Edward.
After their victory, FDU now possesses a comfortable first place lead in the NEC as they sit atop the standings at 6-1. Next up on the schedule for the squad will be LIU who is desperate for a win after starting their year 2-5, tied for last in the conference. That game will take place in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m.
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The Knights win another game, beating St. Francis Brooklyn 72-62 on Friday.
Art by Amaya Morales