The Cabrini women’s basketball team fell to the Neumann University Knights 77-60 on Thursday, Jan. 21.
Alyssa Brady, senior combo guard, led the four scorers from the Lady Cavaliers with 17 points. Brady and sophomore guard Laura Caron also tallied a team- best seven boards.
Senior guard Kate Walck closed the night off with 15 points, four rebounds, four assists and three blocks.
Deana Diamico, senior point guard, tallied 13 points, four boards and four helpers.
Julie Bonomo, junior guard, made her 25 minutes of play worthwhile, recording 10 points, four rebounds and three assists.
Katie Young led the Neumann Knights with 22 points. Young was 9-for-10 from the free point line.
“The game was very physically tough; our team was affected by how aggressive their defense was. It was a tough game as well mentally being that there was so much riding on this game,” Bonomo said.
The Lady Cavs were behind 20 points at half-time, 40-20. Neumann then started off the second half stretching the lead to 27 points.
The Lady Cavs answered by closing the deficit to 11 points in a matter of nine minutes. However the Knights did not let the run last long, with a 9-2 run to finish out the end of the game.
“This game affected us for a very short period of time, we knew what we did wrong and what we have to work on for the next time we play them. We also couldn’t focus on the game too long because Friday morning we are getting on a bus and driving two hours to Madison Square Garden for another big game,” Allison Gentry, sophomore guard, said
The Knights finished off the game from the free throw line. Neumann tallied 7 of the 9 free throws in the last two minutes of the game.
“I feel that our team has been working hard and has been doing the things needed to win. We are ready to bounce back and show all the nay-sayers what Cabrini basketball is all about. There are a lot of people thinking we can’t win the championship again,” Bonomo said.
“We knew they were going to be physical, so when they were pushing us around and getting away with it, we were giving it right back,” Gentry said.
This game kept Neumann basketballs undefeated record in the CSAC along with Gwynedd- Mercy.
“Our team responds well to competitive competition. We are looking forward to the upcoming games and getting ready to play some tough games. I think we are fully capable to win the CSAC and are well on our way with hard work and determination,” Bonomo said.