Four Bears in Double Figures as Women’s Basketball Takes Wire-to-Wire Win Over Yeshiva

Nina DiCioccio scored a career-high 11 points with six rebounds, two steals, two blocks and an assist in 14 minutes.
Nina DiCioccio scored a career-high 11 points with six rebounds, two steals, two blocks and an assist in 14 minutes.

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Sophomore Victoria Porcasi (Franklin Square, N.Y./H. Frank Carey) led all scorers for the third straight game scoring 21 points and junior Destiny Marino (Howard Beach, N.Y./Christ the King) added 18 points in an 81-59 Skyline Conference win over Yeshiva University at home on Tuesday evening.

Sophomores Nina DiCioccio (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) and Alyssa Alioto (Staten Island, N.Y./Moore Catholic) both netted career highs with 11 and seven points, respectively, as the Bears snapped a two-game skid and moved within a half-game of playoff position. 

The Basics

  • Final Score: St. Joseph's 81, Yeshiva 59
  • Records: St. Joseph's (6-12, 4-7), Yeshiva (2-14, 0-11)
  • Location: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Arena: The Hill Center
  • SJC Starters: Marino (G), Alioto (G), Porcasi (G), Quesada (F), Candelaria (F)

Turning Point

  • St. Joseph's connected on 53 percent in the first quarter and outscored the Maccabees 25-9 in the period.

How it Happened

  • The Bears scored the first eight points of the contest and later used a 12-1 run to create a sizeable lead with two minutes before the break. Victoria Porcasi and Destiny Marino combined for 17 of the Bears 25 points in the frame as they led by 16 after 10 minutes.
  • The Maccabees cut a Bears lead that grew to 19 down to just 10 points in the second, but the Bears closed out the final two minutes of the half on a 12-4 run to take a 45-27 lead into the lockers.
  • Porcasi would score 10 in the third quarter and Marino added six to help the Bears keep the lead over 20 for most of the period.
  • Nina DiCioccio had eight points and five rebounds in the fourth quarter alone as the reserves held off the Maccabees to seal the victory.

For the Bears

  • Sophomore Victoria Porcasi led SJC in scoring for the fifth straight game with 21 points, five rebounds, and three steals. She shot 8-of-14 from the field and 4-of-7 from behind the arc to record her sixth straight game in double figures and sixth time crossing the 20-point mark.
  • Destiny Marino filled the box score with 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists. The junior shot an efficient 6-of-7 from the charity stripe en route to her 15th game this season in double digits.
  • Freshman Lauren Quesada contributed 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting, with six rebounds, and pairs of assists and steals.
  • Sophomore Nina DiCioccio erupted for a career-high 11 points, six rebounds, two steals, two blocks and one assist in just 14 minutes of action off the bench.
  • Sophomore Alyssa Alioto remained in the starting lineup for the second straight game and recorded career-highs of seven points and four assists.

Inside the Box Score

  • St. Joseph's doubled up their previous season high swiping 22 steals and forcing 34 turnovers. Nine different Bears recorded a theft led by Kristen Candelaria's season-high six steals—one shy of her career best.
  • The Bears finished shooting 40 percent (30-75) for the contest while the visitors connected on just 32 percent (19-60). 
  • St. Joseph's held a slight edge in the rebounding battle 47-44.
  • Simee Rosner led three Maccabees in double figures with 16 points, nine rebounds, and five steals. Michal Alge added a 12-point, 11-rebound double-double.

The Bear Facts

  • St. Joseph's has now won 21 straight meetings in the series—their lone loss coming in 2001—and sit at 31-1 all-time. The two teams are scheduled the meet again next Tuesday in Manhattan for the tail end of the home-and-home series.
  • With the completion of league action today, the Bears move up to 7th place in the league standings, just a half-game behind USMMA with the two squads set to meet on Thursday.
  • Head Coach Tom Flahive now sits at 99 career victories spanning nine seasons at the helm of Queens College and St. Joseph's.

Next up for St. Joseph's

The Bears (6-12, 4-7) head to Kings Point, N.Y. for a crucial matchup against United States Merchant Marine Academy (9-8, 5-7) to remain in contention for a second-straight Skyline Championships berth. Tip-off is slated for 5 p.m. with live stats and video available on SJCBears.com.