Team Gearing Up For Match Against Lehman Later This Month
By Frank Costagliola
The CSI Dolphins improve to 14-3 on the season with a win over the York College Cardinals.
The Dolphins began the game with lights out defense. The tough and gritty defense by the Lady Dolphins managed to hold the Cardinals to zero shots in the first 3 minutes of the game. Although they played fantastic defense, CSI also went 0-7 during that time.
After struggling to score the ball in the first quarter, the Dolphins offense came alive in the second quarter and put up 22 points. The Cardinals continued to struggle and were held to 13 points in the second quater.
Heading into halftime, CSI had a 13 point lead. This lead can be attributed to the discrepancy of points from turnovers.
CSI managed to create numerous turnovers which gave them a 17-2 point edge in points off of turnovers. Not only were the Dolphin’s hands active on defense, but the girls also were able to control the points in the paint, outscoring their opponent 18-14.
CSI jumped out to their biggest lead in the second half when Senior Victoria Gallinaro nailed a three pointer.
After trading a series of missed shots, the girls found Samantha Flecker wide open who drained the first of her two three pointers in the game.
With less than 5 minutes remaining in the 3rd quarter, CSI’s offense went ice cold. During this time the Cardinals would rally with a 14-0 run shrinking the Dolphin’s very comfortable 17 point lead to 3 points.
Heading into the fourth quarter CSI managed to stop the bleeding thanks in part to Flecker’s layup. Before her layup, the Dolphins went nearly 7 minutes without scoring a basket.
Senior Jamie Pifalo, who was mostly quiet for the afternoon, managed to hit back-to-back threes giving the Dolphins much needed breathing room.
With only 5 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, CSI was desperately holding onto a 5 point lead.
Led by a layup from Flecker and solid defense, the girls ran away with the game. The Dolphins offensive came alive and the girls went on a 12-2 run tear to end the game, giving them their 14 overall win on the season.
Sophomore Flecker scored 22 points and added 7 rebounds which sent the Dolphins to their 4th straight home victory over the cardinals, Saturday afternoon.
In addition to Flecker’s 22 points, Senior Jamie Pifalo added 15 points and Sophomore Christina Pasaturo scored 12 points for the Dolphins.
Samantha Bond had 20 points and 6 turnovers, while forward Jigcara Grant had an impressive 24 total rebounds for the Cardinals. York College stayed competitive for most of the game until the Dolphins ran away with the game in the fourth quarter.
With the win over York College, CSI’s record improved to 14-7 on the season and moves them only a game behind both Brooklyn and Lehman College for first place in the CUNYAC standings.
With the loss, the Cardinals lose their fourth game in a row, while falling to 4-17 overall and 2-11 in CUNYAC play. The season continues to be a disappointment for the Cardinals as they had aspirations to have a record of .500 or better this year. Furthermore, this will be their sixth season in a row with a losing record.
Arguably the Dolphin’s biggest game of the season is on February 16 against Lehman College. Lehman College has been the team to beat all season and is led by a talented scoring duo in Amely Del Rosario and Jennifer Navarro.
Both of the girls average over 20 points per game and are a big reason why Lehman College has enjoyed so much success this season.
The Con Edison Postseason Tournament is also right around the corner for the Dolphins. The girls suffered a heartbreaking loss to Brooklyn College last season in the semifinals and are determined to make a deeper run into the playoffs this year.