Graves’ Career-Outing Leads Women’s Basketball Past Georgian Court, 71-63

Graves’ Career-Outing Leads Women’s Basketball Past Georgian Court, 71-63

LAKEWOOD, N.J. – Led by a career-high 25 points from junior guard Shanice Graves (Brooklyn, N.Y.), the Concordia College New York women's basketball team fended off a fourth-quarter comeback effort by host Georgian Court University on Saturday afternoon with an 11-2 run over the final three minutes of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) outing with Graves scoring seven during the game-ending spree to defeat the host 71-63.

NOTES
• Concordia improves to 4-13, 3-5 in CACC action.

• Georgian Court improves to 4-11,2-6  in league play.

• The Clippers' 27 made free throws ties for the seventh-most in program history.

STANDOUT PERFORMERS
• Graves shot 7-12 from the field for a personal-best .583 clip while adding 10 rebounds for her second double-double of the season and three steals.

• Freshman guard Christina Brown (Ardmore, Pa.) pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds while chipping in nine points.

• Freshman forward Jaayden Lafontant (Theills, N.Y.) scored 11 points.

• Sophomore guard Sara Hopkins (Mountain Top, Pa.) dished out five assists.

• For Georgian Court, Safiyyah Lee scored 23 points with 13 rebounds.

HOW IT HAPPENED
• After splitting the initial 14 points of the contest, Graves connected on a three pointer and jumper back-to-back to give the Clippers a 12-7 advantage with 6:30 remaining in the quarter. The Lions used a 10-5 stretch to knot the score at 17-all, with freshman forward Eazette Bealon (New York, N.Y.) breaking the tie on a free throw in the final minute of the quarter to make it 18-17.

• Georgian Court scored on the opening possession of the second quarter to flip the one-point lead before a Graves layup sparked an 8-1 run to push Concordia ahead 27-20 with 5:26 remaining. GCU cut into the separation behind back-to-back baskets, with the two sides splitting the ensuing eight points before a redshirt-freshman guard Jaylene Brown (Bronx, N.Y.) layup in the final minute created a 33-28 halftime score.

• Following a pair of free throws from Concordia to begin the second half, GCU used a 12-4 rally to take a 40-39 advantage with 4:13 left in the third quarter. J. Brown evened the score off a free throw, with the two sides exchanging the ensuing eight points before a 4-1 Concordia run to end the quarter made it 48-45 going into the final 10 minutes.

• Concordia kicked off the fourth quarter on a 6-0 run to take a 54-45 lead with 6:38 remaining in the contest. GCU took the lead at 60-58 behind a 15-4 rally, with Concordia evening the score off a Lafontant layup before back-to-back baskets from the Clippers following a Georgian Court free throw created a 64-61 with 1:33 left to play score. The Lions made it a one-point game off a basket, but Concordia held the host without another point for the remainder of the contest while adding seven to its total to create the final score.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Clippers converted on 21-59 shots, going 2-9 from three-point territory and 27-45 from the free throw line.

• Georgian Court finished 23-65 from the field, 4-13 from distance and 13-20 from the free throw line.

• Concordia recorded 12 assists while GCU had 14.

• Concordia held a 49-44 advantage in rebounds.

• Concordia committed 20 turnovers, resulting in 14 points for Georgian Court. The host had 20 turnovers, leading to 24 points.

• Concordia recorded eight steals with one block while the Georgian Court had 11 steals with nine blocks.

• Concordia got 12 points from its bench while GCU got 12.

UP NEXT
The women's basketball team travels to Nyack College on Tuesday, Jan. 21 for a 5:30 p.m. contest.

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