FDU’s Eight Game Win Streak Is Snapped Against SFU
Thank you to our news editor John Mineses, who produced tonight’s game, as well as our staff writer and social media manager Dulce Martinez who updated Twitter throughout the game.
Unfortunately the Knights came up just short tonight but they still hold first place in the NEC with their 11-2 record. FDU will have a great opportunity to get right back into the win column when they match up against Merrimack at home on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.
All good things must come to an end which was the case tonight as the Knights had their extremely impressive eight game win streak snapped tonight by the Saint Francis U Red Flash
Aside from the performances of Aniya Bell and Dahomee Forgues, the Knights really struggled to muster up any offense. They finished shooting 20-58 (34.5%) and 7-20 (35%) from three. Additionally FDU made nine of their 12 free throws (75%)
The Red Flash had it going for themselves all not, finishing 28-56 (50%) overall and 3-9 (33.3%) from deep. SFU also went 11-13 from the line (84.6%)
As mentioned, Aniya Bella and Dahomee Forgues were the only real bright spots of the night for the Knights. Bell finished with a game high 24 points followed by 12 points off the bench from Forgues. Madison Stanley had a rare off night, finishing with just four points on 2-11 shooting.
The Red Flash had four players finish in double digit scoring. Lili Benzel led the way with her 19 points followed by 13 each from Jada Dapaa and Sam Miller and 12 points from Jenna Mastellone. Dapaa also finished with 16 rebounds as she was all over the boards for her squad.
FDU falls to SFU by a score of 70-56.
Bell goes 2-2 to close out the game.
Bell hits a three for FDU to give her 22.
Conklin’s three is good with just under a minute to play.
Dapaa scores and she now has 13 points for the Red Flash.
Benzel gets her 18th and 19th points at the free throw line.
McLemore makes the first but misses the second for SFU with 2:36 left in the game.
Celia Carbonell checks in and lays it up for FDU.
SFU remains in firm control as they lead 65-46.
Niles knocks down her three but McLemore quickly answers with a jumper.
Dapaa puts SFU up by 20.
FDU is running out of time with just 4:47 to play and a 19 point deficit.
Miller answers again with a jumper.
Forgues scores again and makes it 60-43.
Miller’s jumper falls off the Mastellone assist.
Forgues’ jumper is good and she now has ten points in the game.
Dapaa lays it in again. This 19 point lead is the largest of the game.
Benzel goes 2-2 at the line.
Forgues gets a crucial three to fall for FDU.
Dapaa’s layup makes it an 18 point game. This game and the Knights’ eight game win streak appears to be slipping away.
Mastellone knocks down two free throws to make it a 16 point lead for SFU.
After three quarters of play the Red Flass are in front of the Knights 50-36.
Mastellone’s layup goes down with 0:02 seconds left on the clock in the third.
Aniya Bell goes 1-2 and cuts it to 12 for the Knights with 0:30 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Aniya Bell gets another layup to go but misses out on the and-one opportunity. She has been one of the only sources of offense for FDU tonight.
Dapaa goes 2-2 on her trip to the free throw line to put SFU back up by 15.
Aniya Bell heads back to the foul line and knocks down both attempts.
Miller gets her layup to go with 2:36 left in the third quarter.
Selvaggi goes 1-2 from the free throw line to cut the SFU lead to 13.
Benzel is on fire from three as she knocks down her third of the game.
Aniya Bell continues her impressive night as she converts the and-one opportunity.
McLemore’s jumper falls.
Dapaa makes it 39-27 for SFU.
Out of the timeout Maxwell immediately scores on a deep mid range shot. The Knights are now down double digits nearly midway through the third quarter.
The Knights trail 35-27 at the timeout.
Madison Stanley gets her second field goal and has four points with 7:00 remaining in the third.
Benzel answers with a jump shot.
Bell continues her impressive play as she gets her layup to fall once again.
Lili Benzel drills a deep three to give SFU their largest lead of the game.
Devyn Scott knocks down a pair of free throws for FDU.
Jordan McLemore pushes off Niles’ missed three and scores to put the Red Flash up nine.
At the half the FDU Knights trail the SFU Red Flash 28-21.
SFU shot 13-28 (46.4%) and 1-5 from three (20%) They only got to the foul line once and made their only attempt.
The Knights struggled to shoot in the first half going just 9-29 (31%) overall and 3-10 (30%) from the three point line. They also have yet to attempt a free throw in the game. Despite the shooting struggles they are lucky to only be down by seven.
Lili Benzel, Sam Miller, and Jenna Mastellone all lead SFU in scoring with eight points.
For the Knights, Aniya Bell leads all scorers in the game with nine points on 66.7% shooting. Dahomee Forgues is second in scoring for FDU with five points.
Mastellone sneaks inside again to beat the buzzer. She scored eight straight for the Red Flash to close out the quarter.
Mastellone gets her third consecutive layup to go making it 26-21 for SFU.
Rachael Niles drains the three to answer for FDU.
Mastellone converts again for SFU.
Mastellone’s layup falls and the Red Flash are up by four with 2:22 to go in the second quarter
Miranda Elebring comes off the bench for FDU and knocks down her turnaround jumper to make it a one possession game.
Madison Stanley finally gets on the board for the Knights with 4:54 remaining in the half.
Sam Miller lays it up and in and gets the foul call. Her made free throw gives her seven points as SFU leads 20-14.
Aniya Bell gets another one to go, this time a three from the wing. Bell has yet to miss a shot.
Miller gets her layup to go off the feed from Maxwell. SFU remains in control 17-11.
Aniya Bell gets her third straight basket to fall.
Benzel connects on another triple for the Red Flash.
Lili Benzel answers with a three to make it 13-9 for SFU.
Aniya Bell capitalizes on the mismatch and scores down low for FDU.
At the end of the first quarter the Red Flash lead the Knights 10-7.
Aniya Bell capitalizes on the mismatch and scores down low for FDU.
Mastellone gets the emphatic rejection on Rachael Niles.
Aaliyah Moore connects on her jumper and makes it 10-5 with 1:17 to go in the quarter.
Forgues knocks down a three from the corner. She has all of FDU’s five points so far.
The Knights are shooting just 1-9 in the game to start.
Sam Miller drains her jumper and the lead extends to six for SFU.
At the first commercial timeout FDU trails FSU 6-2.
The Knights finally get a shot to fall midway through the first quarter off the jumper from Dahomee Forgues.
Jada Dapaa adds to the lead with her layup for the Red Flash. The score is now 6-0 in favor of SFU.
Kaitlyn Maxwell follows with a made jumper and SFU is off to a 4-0 start with 7:15 to go in the first quarter.
Lili Benzel scores first for SFU just under two minutes into the game.
Starting for SFU: Aaliyah Moore, Jordan McLemore, Jada Dapaa, Lili Benzel, and Kaitlyn Maxwell.
Starting for the Knights: Devyn Scott, Aniya Bell, Rachael Niles, Madeline Selvaggi, and Madison Stanley.
In FDU’s previous matchup they defeated the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils in dominating fashion to extend their win streak to eight in a row. Now the Knights are set to take on sixth place Saint Francis U in hopes of getting to nine straight wins. Coming off of her third straight player of the week award Madison Stanley will look to keep the team rolling as the regular season winds down. I am Sheldon Gomes, sports writer for The Equinox. Our news editor John Mineses will be producing tonight’s live blog. Our social media manager Dulce Martinez will also be updating Twitter throughout the game.
The Knights hope to continue the recent momentum to beat SFU
Art by Sheldon Gomes