Balanced Offense Leads Farmingdale State Past Purchase

Jami Cardenas playing defense for the Rams.
Jami Cardenas

Farmingdale State - 82, Purchase College - 46

Farmingdale, N.Y. - The Farmingdale State women's basketball team played host to conference opponent Purchase College this afternoon and earned an 82-46 victory. FSC's balanced offense had four players register double-digit scoring totals in the win.

Trailing 12-7 with 2:07 remaining in the first, FSC (6-6, 4-4) closed the quarter on a 9-0 run capped off by a Jami Cardenas (Bay Shore, N.Y.) 3-pointer to open up a four-point lead, 16-12.

The Rams opened the second quarter with a pair of free-throw's and a 3 by junior guard Anna Zaborowska (East Patchogue, N.Y.) and a Cardenas 3-pointer to extend the advantage to 24-12. After a Purchase (2-10, 1-6) layup with 7:48 on the clock, a quick 6-0 Farmingdale State run put the Rams on top by 16, 30-14.

Purchase was down 34-16 with 1:17 remaining in the first half but recorded the final nine points, including a half court 3-pointer at the buzzer by sophomore guard Amber Rodriguez (Queens, N.Y.), to go into the break trailing, 34-25. Cardenas led all scorers with nine first half points on 4-of-9 shooting.

Leading 36-28 with 8:24 left on the clock in the third, FSC used a 13-2 run over the next 2:53 to go out in front, 49-30. After eight straight points pulled Purchase within 11, Farmingdale State closed the quarter with 12 unanswered points to enter the fourth leading, 61-38.

In the fourth quarter, the Rams outscored PC, 21-8, en route to the 82-46 victory.

Cardenas scored a game-high 21 points and had four steals, while Zaborowska and senior guard Alexis Antonacci (Plainview, N.Y.) had 14 points apiece. Junior forward Zaria Witherspoon (Jamaica, N.Y.) scored a career-best 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting in the victory.

For Purchase, sophomore guard Shadia Plowden (Yonkers, N.Y.) recorded a team-high 15 points after shooting 6-of-12 from the field. 

FSC next will travel to Merchant Marine for a conference game on Tuesday, January 14th at 5:30 p.m.

The Town of Oyster Bay GAP Program made their annual trip to Farmingdale State and were joined on the court by the FSC women's basketball team and coaching staff after today's game...


Town of Oyster Bay GAP Program with FSC Women's Basketball Team on the court.