The Lady Beavers had a magical season, but they lost a heartbreaker against the Lightning of Lehman College. This is their most impressive season since the 1994-95 campaign.
CCNY (17-9) started the game off on a quick 7-0 run. Lehman (18-7) called time-out and was able to get right back into the game and tied it 9-9. The first quarter would contain a lot of back-and-forth action between the two as they fought to earn their way into the finals. In the first quarter alone the lead would change hands four times and the score would be tied 5 times. At the end of the first quarter, the score was tied 15-15.
Lightning started the second quarter on a 5-0 run. However, City wouldn’t back down to the challenge. Beavers and Lightning battled for the most part of the second quarter. Approaching the end of the quarter, Beavers began to unravel. They committed back to back turnovers as Lehman started to building up their lead. Another big factor had to do with Lightning’s double teaming defense on the Beavers. Lightning went up as many 14 points in the quarter. They went into halftime with a 40-29 lead.
Lightning’s Amely Del Rosario led with 12 points. Jennifer Navarro added 11 points. Erika Richards led the Beavers with 12 points. CCNY shot .333 from the field, while Lehman shot .452.
Lightning’s defense continued to carried the load in the third quarter. They went up as many as 18 points, but City ended the quarter on a 9-0 run.
With 10 minutes standing between the two teams and the finals, both teams fought hard. CCNY continued their hot streak from the third quarter and made it a 58-51 game. Lehman stayed in control and would not falter on their plan. They could not miss from the free throw line. Within the final minute of the game, City was able to bring the score within just five points, but that was made just out of reach by the Lightning. City would play hard and never give up until the final buzzer sounded, In the end, Lehman took the game and advanced to the finals with a 84-79 point victory.
Del Rosario finished with 29 points and 10 boards. Richards finished the game with a career-high 37 points. The nine three-point field goals made by the Beavers is their season-high three-point field goals made.