FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — In their return to Skyline action after two-straight non-conference tilts, the St. Joseph's College (Brooklyn) women's basketball team took on Farmingdale State College on the road on Wednesday. At halftime, the Bears deficit was just single-digits, but a dominant third quarter propelled FSC to their fifth league win of 2017-18.
- Final Score: Farmingdale 84, St. Joseph's 55
- Records: Farmingdale (6-7, 5-1), St. Joseph's (5-8, 3-3)
- Location: Farmingdale, N.Y.
- SJC Starters: Sequeira (G), Porcasi (G), DiCioccio (G), O'Donnell (G), Staab (C)
- Farmingdale controlled the third quarter 26-7 pulling them out to a lead that would be too much for the Bears to overcome.
How It Happened
- The Bears fell down 9-0 early but five-straight points from Nina DiCioccio (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) at the halfway point of the first closed the gap to four. SJC continued to hang around for the remainder of the period and trailed 18-13 heading into the second.
- Junior Captain Victoria Porcasi (Franklin Square, N.Y./H. Frank Carey) nailed two jumpers in the span of 21 seconds (7:28) to cut the deficit to four (21-17) early in the second. However, the Rams used an 8-0 run (3:18) to establish a commanding 34-20 lead, but rookie Kelly O'Donnell (Brooklyn, N.Y./St. Edmund Prep) knocked down a nifty running hook with under a minute to go to bring the score to 36-29 at the half.
- Thirty seconds into the second half Porcasi netted a triple to bring her squad back within four (36-32), but that would be the closest the Bears got for the remainder of the game.
- For the rest of the frame the Rams stormed out to a 21-2 run capped off by a Kaelyn Ward layup (2:39) and they went on to hold a 62-36 advantage entering the final quarter. FSC then won the fourth 22-19 to secure a no doubt victory.
For the Bears
- O'Donnell notched a team-high 18 points (6-10 FG, 2-4 3FG, 4-5 FT) along with seven boards.
- Porcasi picked up yet another game in double-figures with 11, as well as five rebounds and a steal.
Inside the Box Score
- The Bears won the rebounding battle (51-41) led by center Caitlyn Staab's (Lynnbrook, N.Y./Kellenberg Memorial) 10, while she also chipped in eight points.
- Ball security ended up being St. Joseph's downfall as they gave away 33 turnovers and only forced 14.
The Bear Facts
- Before today's game, Farmingdale sat just one spot ahead of the Bears in the Skyline standings (fourth), and the loss drops SJC to a tie for fifth with Mount St. Vincent.
- The defeat sinks St. Joseph's record to 2-5 all-time against the Rams.
Next Up for the Bears
- A matinee matchup at The Hill Center with Sarah Lawrence College at 2 pm on Saturday (Jan. 6) with live stats and video at SJCBears.com.