Strong Second Half Leads NYU-Poly Past Rams
NYU-Poly - 49, Farmingdale State - 43
Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Fighting Blue Jays outscored Farmingdale State 30-17 in the second half en route to a six point victory on the road. The Rams fell to 3-3 overall, 1-1 in the Skyline Conference, while NYU-Poly improved to 6-1, 4-0 in conference play.
Farmingdale State led 11-0 early, before allowing NYU-Poly to score their first points of the game on a jumper by senior guard Kristin Leitheuser (Pleasant Valley, N.Y./Arlington) at the 12:53 mark. The Fighting Blue Jays cut the deficit to 22-19, before sophomore guard Nikita Green (Roosevelt, N.Y./Roosevelt) converted two free-throws and Shemique Hooks (Westbury, N.Y./Westbury) hit a jump shot with one second remaining, to give the Rams a 26-19 advantage at halftime. Farmingdale State held NYU-Poly to 24% shooting in the first half.
The game was tied 39-39 until NYU-Poly's Tabitha Larsen (Ramsey, N.J./Ramsey) hit a three-pointer off Leitheuser's pass, giving the Fighting Blue Jays a 42-39 edge with 6:53 to play. Neither team would score over the next 4:17 until senior guard Juanita Chappel (Brooklyn, N.Y./Grand Street Campus) hit a layup to pull the Rams within one. Leitheuser was fouled on NYU-Poly's next possession and hit both free-throws, giving her team a 44-41 advantage with 2:19 remaining in the game. Trailing 45-41, Chappel scored on a layup for the Rams, but the Fighting Blue Jays hit their final four free-throws to earn the 49-43 Skyline win.
Farmingdale State was led by Chappel who scored a team-high 13 points, had seven rebounds, five steals and three assists. Green pitched in with nine points and had a game-high seven steals for the Rams.
Leitheuser had a game-high 18 points, while junior forward Margaux Pickell (Howell, N.J./Howell) had nine points and 10 boards for NYU-Poly.
Farmingdale State next will travel to Bard College for Skyline Conference game on Saturday, December 11th at 2:00 p.m.