Thank you to our managing editor Amaya Morales, who produced tonight’s game as well as our staff writer and social media manager Dulce Martinez who updated Twitter throughout the game. The first place Knights will be back in action against Central Connecticut State at home on Feb. 5 at 2 p.m. which will be FDU’s 30th anniversary NEC championship celebration.
The Knights fought all the way back from 11 points down to come away with their seventh straight victory as they sit comfortably atop the NEC standings with a 10-1 record.
Saint Francis Brooklyn played a tough game against the first place Knights as they finished 20-54 overall (37%) and 6-19 (31.6%) from the three point range. The Terriers also finished 5-6 (83.3%) from the free throw line.
The Knights put up another inspiring performance. They shot identical to the Terriers as they also finished 20-54 overall, but went 8-24 from the three point line which made a difference in the final outcome. They also knocked down seven free throws in ten attempts (70%). Rebounding was a key to victory for the team as they came away with 41 total rebounds to the Terriers’ 27.
Scoring was balanced for Saint Francis Brooklyn with three of their scorers finishing with 11 points. Nevena Dimitrijevic finished with 11 points and eight assists while Ally Lassen contributed 11 points and four rebounds. Isabella Posset was the third team member to finish with 11 points and she also came up with some big shots down the stretch even though the effort came up just short.
FDU played another fantastic game of basketball as they have been for the last seven games on this win streak. Coming off back-to-back player of the week awards, Madison Stanley started her campaign for a third straight award as she finished with 18 points and eight rebounds on 7-12 shooting. Rachael Niles was the star of the game for FDU, however, with her 20 point effort and crucial shots to keep FDU within striking distance. Sierra DeAngelo also came up huge for FDU, finishing with seven points and the crucial go-ahead three pointer with 2:17 that would prove to be the game winner.
The last second three is no good as FDU comes away with their tenth win of the season by a score of 55-51.
Stanley misses the first free throw but makes the second to put the Knights up 55-51.
The inbound goes to Stanley and she has a chance to put the game away at the line.
Dimitrijevic’s desperation three rims out and FDU pulls down the rebound with eight seconds left.
The Knights play suffocating defense and force another timeout for the Terriers.
The Knights will need one more stop to push the win streak to seven and advance to 10-1 in the NEC.
Edwards pulls down the rebound off DeAngelo’s miss with just over 30 seconds remaining in the game.
Aniya Bell commits her fifth turnover to give the ball back to the Terriers.
The Knights take a timeout at the 1:36 mark with the 54-51 lead.
Sierra DeAngelo, with no hesitation, drills the catch and shoot three to break the tie for FDU.
Posset hits a clutch three with 2:44 to go in the game.
Madison Stanley lays it up and in. She has 17 points now.
Posset’s jumper goes down for the Terriers.
At the commercial timeout, the Knights control the game up 49-46.
DeAngelo’s jumper falls and the Knights take a 3-point advantage.
Niles is red hot right now as she converts another layup to give her 20 points on the night and FDU the 47-46 lead.
Rachael Niles is fired up as she gets the layup to go through contact but misses the free throw to tie.
With 6:58 remaining in the game, FDU is still behind 46-43.
Stanley gets her jumper to go down and cuts it to three once again.
Lassen lays it up again for the Terriers to build the lead up to five.
Eszter Varga beats the buzzer with the hoist from deep to put the Terriers back on top by three.
Niles hits the big three to tie the game for FDU. Niles leads all scorers with 16 points.
Niles gets fouled and goes 1-2 from the line.
Lassen goes 1-2 from the line to make it 41-37 for Saint Francis Brooklyn.
Lassen drains two free throws for the Terriers with 2:43 remaining in the quarter.
Niles follows with another three and FDU is back within one point as the Terriers need a timeout.
Selvaggi banks in a three and FDU trails 38-34.
Zharia Hutchinson hits on her short jumper for Saint Francis Brooklyn.
Posset follows with a layup and the Terriers are up by five.
Dimitrijevic knocks down both free throws to make it 34-31.
Aniya Bell goes down hard and coach Angelika Szumilo picks up a technical foul as she is furious at the no-call.
With 7:10 to go in the third quarter, the Knights trail 32-31.
Stanley picks up where she left off in the first half and scores her thirteenth point of the game.
Lassen opens the half for the Terriers with a layup to make it a 3-point lead.
Both teams are off to a fast start in this closely contested matchup.
The Knights shot 10-24 (41.7%) overall from the floor and 4-11 (36.4%) from the 3-point line. They also got to the line five times and hit all of their attempts. As a team, the Knights also out-rebounded the Terriers 20 to 11.
The Terriers had almost identical shooting numbers to the Knights as they went 13-31 (41.9%) overall and like FDU, went 4-11 from deep. Saint Francis Brooklyn never got to the free-throw line in the first half.
Madison Stanley has continued her stellar play and leads FDU in scoring with 11 points. Rachael Niles is the second leading scorer with nine points followed by seven points from Aniya Bell.
For the Terriers, Nevena Dimitrijevic leads the way with nine points followed by six points from Fruzsina Horvath. Khaleah Edwards and Ally Lassen also combined for nine points.
At the half, the Knights trail the Terriers 30-29.
Aniya Bell gets back to the line for the Knights and knocks down both free throws. FDU trails 30-29.
Niles goes 1-2 from the line but makes it a one possession game for FDU.
Niles hits again from deep and the Knights make it a 4-point game with 2:25 to go.
Sierra Deangelo scores again for the Knights.
Niles gets her second shot of the day to go and cuts it back down to nine with 3:40 to go.
Dimitrijevic quickly answers for the Terriers.
Deangelo scores on her first attempt for the Knights and makes it 28-19.
Lassen’s layup is good and Saint Francis Brooklyn now leads by double digits.
Dimitrijevic lays it up and in for the Terriers.
Madison Stanley heads to the line for the Knights and hits two free throws. FDU trails 24-17 with 8:44 to go in the half.
Horvath connects on another three. Suddenly, FDU finds themselves down nine.
After a fast paced first quarter, the Terriers lead by six.
Jaila Lee adds to the lead with a layup to make it 21-15 with 0:41 seconds left in the quarter.
Fruzsina Horvath knocks down a three and the Terriers respond well after going down by eight early.
Posset follows with a layup to give the Terriers their first lead at 16-15.
Dimitrijevic’s short jumper is good.
Aniya Bell fires from three and hits for FDU.
Ally Lassen responds with a jumper to tie it back up at 12.
Stanley gets yet another shot to fall to give FDU the lead back with 3:51 to go in the first.
Nevena Dimitrijevic drains a three and it is now a 10-2 run for the Terriers.
Isabella Posset scores on her layup and makes the score 10-7 with FDU still in control.
Stanley gets her layup to fall and now has seven quick points for the Knights.
Edwards makes another one, this time a three.
Khaleah Edwards breaks the scoring drought with her layup. FDU leads 8-2.
Rachael Niles drills a three for the Knights and makes it 8-0 with 7:29 remaining in the first quarter.
Stanley converts her second basket. FDU is off to a 5-0 start.
Stanley continues to roll as she is on the board early for FDU with a three.
*Chloe Wilson has been scratched from the lineup*
Starting for St. Francis Brooklyn: Nevena Dimitrijevic, Fruzsina Horvath, Alyssa Fisher, Ally Lassen and Khaleah Edwards.
Starting for FDU: Devyn Scott, Aniya Bell, Rachael Niles, Madeline Selvaggi and Madison Stanley.
The Knights are coming off a history-making win as they defeated the Blue Devils to bring them to a 9-1 conference record, which is the best conference start in the program’s history. Over this six game winning streak, Chloe Wilson and back-to-back player of the week Madison Stanley have been on a tear and will look to continue their dominance in today’s matchup against the Saint Francis Brooklyn Terriers. I am Sheldon Gomes, sports writer for The Equinox. Our managing editor Amaya Morales will be producing tonight’s blog.
The Knights will look to continue their winning streak against St. Francis Brooklyn tonight.
Art by Aurora Rifkind