CNR Basketball Clinches Spot in HVIAC Championship Tourney
The College of New Rochelle overcame a slow start to cruise to an 84-71 victory over Yeshiva University in a critical HVIAC matchup. With the win, the Blue Angels clinch a berth in the upcoming HVIAC Championship Tournament.
Facing a raucous home crowd and falling behind, 12-0, to begin a game that placed the winner in the tournament and left the loser on the outside looking in, things looked bleak for CNR, but the Blue Angels rallied with a 21-9 run of their own to knot the score at 21 apiece following an Alyssa Pechin layup with 11:18 remaining before the half.
The Macs regained the lead on the ensuing possession, but were unable to hold off CNR, as the Blue Angels took the lead for good on a Ja'Nasha King trifecta with 7:39 that made the score 28-27 in favor of the visitors. Two Pechin makes from the charity stripe to close out the half gave CNR an 11 point, 49-38, lead going into the break.
Held to just six points in the first stanza, Jasmine Brandon exploded for 16 points in the second 20 minutes as the Blue Angels pushed the lead to as many as 20 points and did not allow the Macs to get closer than 10 points over the final 17 minutes.
Brandon's 22 points paced the Blue Angels, while Jah-Leah Ellis added 18 points, a game-high 19 rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks en route to her 16th double-double of the season. Holly Cammarota chipped in with 14 points and Alyssa Pechin tallied 10 points and six assists.
With her total tonight, Pechin is just seven points from joining the 1,000 point club, as the junior has accumulated 993 points over her Blue Angel career.
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