The Berkeley College women's basketball team continued to alternate losses and victories in the early stages of the 2019-2020 campaign, as the Knights suffered a 75-49 setback to Fisher College on Saturday afternoon. The contest took place at the Winsor School in Boston, MA. With the defeat, Berkeley slipped to 2-3 on the season, while Fisher improved to 6-5.
Despite the loss for the Knights, Kaina Martinez paced her squad, scoring in double figures for the third time this season, scoring a game-high 21 points while connecting on eight of her 12 attempts from the free throw line. She also snatched five rebounds and added a pair of assists. Jordan Washington drained 10 of her 13 freebees, finalizing her afternoon with 14 points, five rebounds, and a pair of steals, and Amirah Greene added nine points and eight boards.
For Fisher College, the Falcons were led by Misha O'Neal, as she scored a team-high 14 points while grabbing five rebounds. Piper Mali contributed 12 points and six caroms, and Lauren Allen added nine points and a game-high five assists.
Both teams struggled offensively in the early stages, as Fisher College held a 16-12 edge after one quarter of play, with the two teams combining for 27 percent shooting from the floor. 10 of the 28 points were scored from the charity stripe, as both squads misfired with their a majority of their shots from the field. The Falcons started to pull away in the second quarter, however, knocking down four three-point baskets, including a pair from Mali to take a 39-22 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Fisher continued to gradually build a comfortable advantage over Berkeley, pushing their lead to 22 on a Vivian Lara converted shot from downtown 54 seconds into the third frame. The Falcons went up by as many as 27 in the third, leading 54-27 with 4:49 left in the third session. The Knights refused to go quietly, though, answering with a 7-0 run to get back within 20, capped by a three-point play from Washington.
Foul trouble was a factor in the fourth for both teams, as four players fouled out of the contest. The Falcons were the beneficiaries, outscoring the Knights 18-11 in the final minutes to account for the 26-point win. The Falcons defense played well, forcing 22 Knights turnovers while holding Berkeley to just a 26 percent conversion rate from the floor (12-46).
The Falcons out-rebounded the Knights for the afternoon 48-36, while also registering 14 assists to Berkeley's four. Fisher College also finalized the afternoon with eight steals, while the Knights collected six.
Berkeley College will look to get back to the .500 mark on Sunday afternoon, as the Knights will take to the road to battle Word of Life in a Hudson Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Conference contest. Start-time is scheduled for 2:00pm.