Jan. 16, 2010

Courtesy of Molloy

FLUSHING, N.Y. (Jan. 16, 2010) – Leading 58-55 with four seconds remaining in regulation, senior guard Lisa Abitante (Brooklyn, N.Y.) blocked a game-tying three-point attempt by junior guard Christine Harnischfeger (Woodside, N.Y.), which powered the Molloy College women’s basketball team to a second-straight victory over Queens College on Saturday evening at Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Flushing, N.Y. The contest was televised on CBS College Sports Television, and picked as the NCAA Division II Game of the Week.

Prior to the block, Harnischfeger and junior forward/center Danielle Tharrington (Woodside, N.Y.) each put up a trey, but banked it off the iron. Down 30-25 at the start of the latter stanza, the Lions (9-5, 6-3 ECC) amassed five straight points in less than a minute to tie up the match. Senior forward Kymira Woodberry (Hyde Park, Mass.) was the catalyst in the scoring as she netted a deuce, and converted on a three-point play. Overall, the Hyde Park native posted a double-double with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

In the remainder of the half, the two squads held a margin no larger than five. It was a game of trading buckets in the first period as well. Ahead 24-23 with two-plus minutes before the break, the Knights (2-13, 2-7 ECC) notched a short 6-0 streak over a time of 1:49 to extend their lead to 30-23 with 46 seconds remaining. Harnischfeger and senior forward Jennifer Robbins (Louisville, Ky.) drained a three-ball apiece in the spurt. Following a jay at the 21-second mark by Woodberry, Molloy went into the locker room down by five.

For the Lions, senior forward E.J. Dreyer (Floral Park, N.Y.) earned 11 points and three rebounds. Junior center Caitlin Wheeler (Belle Harbor, N.Y.) posted nine points, six blocks, four rebounds and two assists. Senior guard Clarissa Jones (Boston, Mass.) recorded seven points, three boards and two steals. Senior guard Lisa Claxton (Hempstead, N.Y.) raked six points, six assists, four rebounds and four steals. As for the Knights, Harnischfeger picked up 15 points, while Robbins collected 13 points and 11 boards for a double-double.

Head Coach Tim O’Hagan and his team return to the court this Wednesday when Molloy continues its three-game road trip in Sparkill, N.Y. at ECC foe St. Thomas Aquinas College. The opening tip is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.