Farmingdale State, 74
Farmingdale, N.Y. – The second seeded Farmingdale State women's basketball team advanced to the ECAC Semifinal game this Friday, March 2nd and posted their 20th win of the season with a 74-62 victory over #7 Drew University (13-14) tonight in Farmingdale, N.Y. It was a slow first half with the Rams leading just 26-20 at the break, but both teams poured in 40-plus points in the second and used multiple runs to keep it a close second half.
Farmingdale pushed the lead to nine points early in the second, before Drew's 9-0 run over the next minute and a half tied the score at 35 all. The Rams followed with a 15-4 hot streak led by junior guard Christine Daley (Elmont, N.Y/Elmont) and junior forward Jasmine Sistrunk (Brooklyn, N.Y./South Shore) to make it an 11-point game with 11 minutes remaining. Drew senior guard Melissa Kraft (Staten Island, N.Y./Staten Island) and junior guard Allison Harnett (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y./Dobbs Ferry) combined for all of the teams next 17 points, holding Farmingdale to just four baskets and cutting the deficit to two, 58-56, with 7:17 on the board. Two successful free throws by junior guard Tara Steward (Elmont, N.Y./Sewanhaka) began the Rams final rally, along with key baskets from junior center Mercedes Miller (New York, N.Y./Manhattan Center) and Sistrunk, leading them to the final 12-point victory.
Daley led for Farmingdale with a game-high 21 points, including six three-pointers, and five steals. Sistrunk finished with 18 points and eight rebounds. Miller registered a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds, along with four blocks. Senior guard Rochelle Clark (Bellport, N.Y./Bellport) led the team from the point with five assists, seven points and four steals.
Hartnett was the leading scorer for Drew with 19 points and five assists, while Kraft finished with 16 points (all in the second half), pulled down 12 boards and dished out four assists. Freshman forward Jessica Delvecchio (North Caldwell, N.J./MKA) posted nine points.
The Rams will now host #3 Baruch in the ECAC Metro Semifinals on Friday, March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. The winner will advance to the Finals on Saturday, March 3rd, to be played at the highest remaining seed.