Merchant Marine Improves to 12-1 With Win Over FSC

Christina Rayfield holding the ball in the post
Christina Rayfield

Merchant Marine - 53, Farmingdale State - 40

Kings Point, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State women's basketball team fell to conference opponent Merchant Marine last night, 53-40. The Rams are now 5-11 overall and 5-6 in the Skyline, while the Mariners improved to 12-1, 8-1.

Tied 5-5 midway through the first, Merchant Marine used three straight baskets to open up a six-point lead. The Mariners held FSC to 15-percent shooting in the first quarter and took a 12-8 advantage into the second.

Trailing 18-10 with 7:56 to play in the second quarter, a quick 8-0 Farmingdale State run on a Destiny Hurt (Long Beach, N.Y.) jumper and back-to-back 3's by Nia Miller (Brooklyn, N.Y.) evened the score at 18-18. Over the final 3:23, Merchant Marine outscored FSC 9-5 and took a 27-23 lead into halftime.

After a Hurt jump shot cut the Rams deficit to one, 29-28, the Mariners responded with six unanswered points to go up by seven with 4:59 remaining in the third. Each team would score once the remainder of the quarter as Merchant Marine led 37-30 heading into the fourth.

With 6:10 left on the clock, FSC junior forward Christina Rayfield (Commack, N.Y.) hit a jumper to pull the Rams within eight but a 7-0 Merchant Marine run over the next 3:05 put the Mariners on top, 51-36. Merchant Marine went on for the 53-40 Skyline Conference victory.

Hurt led the way for Farmingdale State with a team-high 20 points to go along with five rebounds and two steals.

Freshman center Lauren Hunter (Tinley Park, Ill.) recorded a double-double on 15 points and a game-high 23 rebounds in the win for Merchant Marine.

Farmingdale State next will travel to Brooklyn College for a non-conference game on Saturday, January 19th at 1:00 p.m.