NYACK, N.Y. – Junior guard Nicole Nicholson (Staten Island, N.Y.) entered the Concordia College New York women's basketball team's program record book for career steals on Tuesday evening with five against Nyack College, adding 17 points to help lift the Clippers past the host 66-61 and complete the home-and-home Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) North Division series sweep.
• Concordia improves to 6-19, 4-12 in CACC play.
• Nyack falls to 4-21, 2-14 in league action.
• Nicholson enters the top-10 in the program record for career steals with 118, leapfrogging Dana Rommel's (2006-10) 115 and Tiffany Daley's (2002-06) 116 to sit ninth. Her 62 during the 2018-19 campaign currently ranks as the sixth-most in a single season.
• Freshman guard Sara Hopkins (Mountain Top, Pa.) matched Nicholson for the team-lead in scoring with 17 points, 13 coming in the second half, on 7-12 shooting while adding seven assists.
• Junior center Amiya Rankins (Somerset, N.J.) pulled down a team-high seven rebounds to go with 12 points.
• Sophomore guard Cameron Corbett (Staten Island, N.Y.) chipped in 14 points with five rebounds and four assists.
• For Nyack, Torie Eggers scored 15 points while Elle Nittinger posted a double-double with 13 rebounds and 11 points.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Nyack got on the scoreboard first with a layup, but a Nicholson three-pointer and sophomore forward Sabrina Clement (Queens, N.Y.) layup back-to-back pushed the Clippers to a 5-2 lead with 8:35 remaining in the quarter. The hosts evened the score with a triple, sparking an 8-0 run to pull ahead 10-5 with 6:09 to play in the frame. Corbett ended the run with a free throw, but another three-pointer for Nyack extended the separation to 13-8 with 3:44 left in the opening stanza. Corbett connected on another free throw with Nicholson adding a layup for Concordia, while Nyack made a free throw with under a minute remaining in the quarter to hold a 14-10 lead.
• Concordia knotted the score off back-to-back baskets from Hopkins and Nicholson, only for back-to-back three-points by Nyack creating a 20-14 score with 7:12 remaining in the half. The Clippers responded with a 6-0 run of their own, with Hopkins answering a Nyack layup with a basket to keep the score tied at 22-all before a quick 5-0 spurt gave the host a 27-22 edge with 2:33 to play in the quarter. A three-point play from Nicholson made it a one-possession game, but Nyack ended the quarter on a 7-0 run to take a 34-25 lead going into halftime.
• Following a Corbett layup to start the second half, a three pointer for Nyack created a double-digit separation at 37-27 with 9:06 to play in the quarter. Nyack fended off a Clippers' rally midway through the frame to maintain its 10-point advantage until a 9-2 Concordia run to end the quarter made it 51-48.
• Concordia scored the opening 13-points of the fourth quarter to create a 61-51 lead with 5:24 remaining in the contest. Nyack ended the spree with a triple, and rallied to make it a three-point contest at 63-60 with 1:09 to play before a sophomore guard Saundra Cleckley (Queens, N.Y.) layup gave the Clippers a 65-60 advantage with 40 seconds left. Both sides added a free throw down the stretch to create the final score.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Clippers converted on 28-60 shots, going 6-14 from three-point territory and 4-9 from the free throw line.
• Nyack finished 21-54 from the field, 13-32 from distance and 6-12 from the free throw line.
• The Clippers dished out 18 assists versus 17 for the host.
• Concordia committed 10 turnovers, resulting in eight points for the Warriors. Nyack committed 15 turnovers, leading to eight points.
• Nyack held a 35-32 advantage in rebounds.
• Concordia got 14 points off its bench while Nyack got six.
• Concordia recorded six steals with one block while Nyack stole the ball once with one block.
The women's basketball team travels to Felician University on Saturday, Feb. 23 for a 1 p.m. contest