BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Sophomore guards Jackie Ciccotto (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Cameron Corbett (Staten Island, N.Y.) and sophomore forward Sabrina Clement (Queens, N.Y.) all set career-highs on Tuesday evening while junior center Amiya Rankins (Somerset, N.J.) matched her personal-record in scoring for the Concordia College (N.Y.) women's basketball team in a 77-68 loss to visiting Caldwell University in both team's Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) opener.
• Concordia falls to 2-6, 0-1 in CACC play.
• Caldwell improves to 1-5. 1-0 in league action.
• Ciccotto eclipsed double-digit rebounds for the first time in her collegiate career with 10.
• Corbett dished out a personal-record nine assists with nine points and four rebounds.
• Clement scored a career-high 12 points on 4-6 shooting with three assists, a block and steal.
• Rankins scored 24 points on a .500 clip (10-20) with a block and steal.
• Junior guard Nicole Nicholson (Staten Island, N.Y.) tallied a team-high three steals.
• For Caldwell, Alessia Smaldone scored 32 points with nine assists and three steals while Calimah Singletary recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Caldwell quickly created a double-digit separation with an 11-1 run to start the contest. Concordia cut into the gap with a 5-1 spurt off a triple from Nicholson and a pair of free throws from freshman forward Rhona McCaughey (Maspeth, N.Y.) to make it 12-6, but Caldwell ended the frame on 9-2 stretch to hold a 21-8 advantage.
• Concordia began the second quarter with a 7-5 run to get within at 11 at 26-15 with 7:51 remaining only for a 9-3 retort by the visitors creating a 37-18 score with 4:45 to go in the half. Both sides connected on a pair of free throws to keep the separation, with Concordia outscoring Caldwell 13-5 over the final 4:22 behind six points from Clement to make it 44-33 at the half.
• Concordia brought the deficit to single digits off a Rankins' layup to begin the third quarter, and got as close as four at 52-48 with 3:50 left in the quarter before a 10-0 Caldwell run created a 62-48 score with 1:32 to go in the frame. Concordia scored the final seven points of the frame off a McCaughey triple and back-to-back layups from Corbett and sophomore guard Saundra Cleckley (Queens, N.Y.) to create a 62-55 score heading into the final quarter.
• Caldwell opened the final frame with four points from the free throw line to take a 66-55 lead and split the final 22 points of the contest with Concordia to keep the 11-point separation. Concordia held Caldwell without a field in the final stanza, with all 15 of the Cougars points over the final 10 minutes coming from the free throw line.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
• The Clippers converted on 23-66 shots, going 4-17 from three-point territory and 18-26 from the free throw line.
• Caldwell finished 24-51 from the field, 7-11 from distance and 22-30 from the free throw line.
• Concordia dished out 21 assists versus 18 for the visitors.
• Concordia committed 18 turnovers, resulting in 20 points for Caldwell. The Cougars committed 22 turnovers, leading to 17 points.
• Caldwell held a 40-38 advantage in rebounds.
• Concordia' bench scored 11 points while Caldwell got seven from its bench.
• Concordia recorded 11 steals with two blocks while Caldwell stole the ball nine times with three blocks.
The women's basketball team plays its final game inside the Meyer Athletic Center of 2018 on Saturday, Dec. 8 when Post University comes to town for a 1 p.m. CACC contest.