Karim-Duvall and Wright with Double-Doubles in Loss to Wilmington

Karim-Duvall and Wright with Double-Doubles in Loss to Wilmington
The Nyack College women's basketball team hosted Wilmington University on Saturday in a conference matchup. The Warriors mounted a comeback in the second half but their efforts fell just short, as the game ended in a 76-80 Nyack loss and brought the Warriors' CACC record to 2-8.
 
The game started off with the first four baskets being consecutive 3-pointers, with Japria Karim-Duvall and Yamelis Villegas scoring two immediate long-distance shots for Nyack. They were matched by two 3-point shots from Macy Robinson and Emma Matthews of the Wildcats, and from then on, Wilmington continued to pull ahead for the rest of the half. Defensively, the Warriors continued to play tough in an attempt to give their offense the opportunity to score. Two back-to-back rebounds from Audrey Matteson led to consecutive Nyack baskets at the start of the second quarter, and Janae Bailey blocked two shots before halftime to stop Wilmington from scoring. Karim-Duvall also grabbed a steal that led to a basket on the other end. The Warriors were plagued by their own errors, however, and continued to struggle on offense, headed into halftime down 25-46.
 
At the start of the second half, the Warriors' offense immediately flipped a switch, scoring more in the third quarter than they had in the entire first half. Karim-Duvall and Jocelin Wright teamed up to help out-rebound Wilmington, and they also kicked off a Nyack scoring run that cut down the deficit on the scoreboard. The Warriors also cleaned up their errors, but still found themselves down by 17 going into the final quarter.
 
The Warriors went on a 20-4 scoring run at the start of the fourth quarter, started by two free throws from Wright and punctuated by a crucial 3-pointer from Bryanna Brown. Two free throws by Matteson brought Nyack within one point of the Wildcats with just under three minutes left of play. From there, it was a back-and-forth battle, as two baskets from Wilmington were matched by a jump shot from Wright and a layup from Matteson to put the Warriors back by just one again as the clock was winding down. With 19 seconds left, the Wildcats' top scorer Macy Robinson scored on a layup, which cut Nyack's surge short and sealed the game in a close loss for the Warriors.
 
Jocelin Wright led the Warriors with 21 points, recording a double-double as she grabbed 15 rebounds. Japria Karim-Duvall was right there with her, claiming her own double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Karim-Duvall also recorded 8 assists and 3 steals.
 
Up next, the Warriors travel to Concordia to take on the Clippers in a conference matchup on Wednesday 1/24 at 5 P.M.