February 18, 2009

Late Rally not Enough for Rams on Senior Night

Late Rally not Enough for Rams on Senior Night

Purchase - 78, Farmingdale State - 74


Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State women's basketball team fell this evening on Senior Night to Purchase, 78-74. The Rams dropped to 16-7 overall, 12-3 in the Skyline, while Purchase improved to 14-10, 9-8 in conference play. Shaquasha Llopiz (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benajmin Banneker) played her last regular season home game for the Rams.

Farmingdale State held a 37-31 lead, after two Kimberly Blakney (Brooklyn, N.Y./Benjamin Banneker) free-throws with 4:33 remaining in the first half. The Panthers responded with a 7-0 run over the next three minutes, capped off by a Jennifer Danio (Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peters) three-pointer. Purchase would take a 40-39 lead into the locker room, scoring the last points of the half on a Miranda Arthur-Smith (New York, N.Y./Churchhill School) jumper with 59 seconds remaining.

In the second, a jumper by Liila Mack (Monticello, N.Y./Monticello) off the pass from Alyse LaPadula (New Rochelle, N.Y./New Rochelle) would give Purchase a 67-53 lead, its largest of the game with 8:18 remaining. Tiffara Steward (Elmont, N.Y./Sewanhaka) answered with a three for the Rams, cutting the deficit to 11. Farmingdale would go on a 14-0 run, to tie the game at 67-67 with 5:13 left on the clock. A lay up by Blakney and a free-throw by Kamaya Miller (Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood) gave the Rams a 72-69 advantage with 2:24 left to play. Mack would score the last six points for the Panthers, giving them the 78-74 road victory.

Farmingdale State was led by Blakney, who had 25 points, nine rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Shemique Hooks (Westbury, N.Y./Westbury) added 21 and five assits, while Miller had 15 points and four steals. Dominique Cunningham (Amityville, N.Y./Copiague) had a game-high 13 rebounds for the Rams.

Danio led all scorers with 26 points and grabbed nine boards for Purchase, while Mack added 19 points and had a team-high 12 rebounds.

Farmingdale State will travel to Mount Saint Vincent for the last Skyline Conference game of the regular season on Saturday, February 21st at 3:00 p.m.

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