BRONX, N.Y. – The Lehman College women's basketball team challenged the second place Brooklyn College Bulldogs on Friday night, but fell 57-36, in a CUNY Athletic Conference matchup. Brooklyn is now 10-2 in the CUNYAC, and 16-5 overall, while Lehman is 3-9 in the conference, and 3-18 overall.
Leading the Lightning was junior Keonti Powell (Bronx, N.Y./John F. Kennedy), who had team-highs in points, with 16, and rebounds, with eight. Freshman Jennifer Navarro (Jamaica, N.Y./Grover Cleveland), the two-time defending CUNYAC/Con Edison Player of the Week, scored 13 points.
The Bulldogs got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 9-0 lead, before the Lightning found their groove. Freshman Shameeka Reed (Bronx, N.Y./Pocono Mountain West) scored Lehman's first points at the 16:57 mark, making a layup.
Lehman would fight back and stay in the game, and would eventually knot the score at 15 points apiece at the 6:37 mark, when Powell drained a three ball, on an assist from Navarro. The Bulldogs would go on an 11-0 run to end the half, and took the 26-15 lead.
In the second half, junior Stephanie Miranda (Bronx, N.Y./Taft Educational Center) made a jumper from the middle of the lane barely a minute in, cutting the score to 26-17. From there, Brooklyn went on a 9-0 run to put distance between the teams.
For the game, Brooklyn's aggressive defense forced 33 Lehman turnovers, which led directly to 31 points. The Bulldogs were led by Brittany Bowen's 12 points.
Lehman will next take the hardwood on Monday, February 4, when they travel to face the College of Staten Island for a 5:00 p.m. tip.