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Defending CUNYAC champs Baruch cruise to 75-60 win over CSI

Dolphins shoot just 34% in second straight loss

By Ryan Miller

The College of Staten Island Women’s Basketball team couldn’t overcome an ice-cold night from the field in a 75-60 home loss to Baruch on December 9.

Baruch boasted a starting lineup that included four returning seniors from last season’s championship team, a stark contrast to a relatively new squad for CSI’s head coach Tim Shanahan.

“It’s a mixture of young kids, transfers and a new system,” said Shanahan. “There’s no excuses though, we need more consistency for forty minutes and that’s what we’re looking for now.”

Consistency was evidently a problem for CSI. The Dolphins floundered in the first half, shooting a measly 29% while looking like a team without any offensive rhythm or identity.

Senior Sheridan Taylor was crucial in helping the Baruch Bearcats establish a low-post presence, scoring 10 points and grabbing 11 boards for a double-double in the opening frame. The visitors scored 26 of their 36 first-half points in the paint, a tally that matched the Dolphins total offensive output over the first 20 minutes.

While offensive efficiency plagued CSI early, it was turnovers that really dug them into a hole. The Dolphins turned the ball over 15 times in the first half, 10 of which led to scoring chances for the Bearcats. Baruch was able to extend its lead to 18 points at one point, but CSI cut the deficit to 36-26 by the half.

CSI came out looking like an entirely different team in the second half. The Dolphins got hot early and rode the streak as they mounted their comeback. Back-to-back three-pointers from CUNYAC Rookie of the Week Christina Pasaturo and Victoria Gallinaro sparked a 7-0 run for CSI, which slashed the lead to just 52-47 with ten minutes to go.

That seemed to be it for CSI as the team scored just 13 points the rest of the way. The Bearcats’ four seniors proved too much for the Dolphins, each scoring in double figures as Baruch cruised to victory the rest of the way.

“Those kids know each other so well, they’ve been together for a long time,” acknowledged Shanahan. “They’re good, they’re solid and we knew what we were up against.”

Pasaturo led the way for the Dolphins, scoring 16 points while going 3-8 from beyond the arc. Victoria Crea and Ashley Iannacone each chipped in with nine points in what was a lackluster day offensively for CSI. The Dolphins jacked up 27 triples compared to just eight for the Bearcats. CSI also shot much worse from the charity stripe, shooting a paltry 57%  to Baruch’s 79%.

“It’s a frustrating loss because we had it where we wanted it,” said Shanahan. “we knocked it down to five points, but lack that killer instinct right now.”

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