#SlateThrowback December 20, 1977: Women’s Basketball wins first game over Adelphi
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Here it is, only the second week of women’s basketball and already the team has improved by leaps and bounds. A win over Adelphi, 73-65, more than made up for the heartbreaking loss for CW Post, 61-58 (Tech plays Post again on February 7th at Post).
The general opinion before the game against Post was that they were going to win by a large margin. Bust, as was seen, they had all to do to keep them from losing. A healthy and encouraging sign for our Women’s Basketball Team.
Last Tuesday’s game started off in unexpected fashion, with the Bears building an 8-6 lead, on a layup from frosh Kate Schnaars, after 8 minutes of play. The rest of the half was handled quite consistently by Tech as they outplayed Post to a 28-21 lead.
The second half started out with NY’s Betty Conkling hitting a 10 ft. jumpshot to extend the lead to 30-21. Tech continued, in the next five minutes, to outscore Post and lead by 12 points, 41-29. This led CW Post to take a timeout. A move which signaled the beginning of the end of NY’s winning ways.
Post’s renewed spirit silenced the Tech crowd and seemed to aid them in their 17-5 scoring surge over the Bears that saw them even up the score at 46-46, for the first time. Tech was able to keep the Post Pioneers on the edge of their toes with a pair of foul shots from Nancy Passarelli and a 15 footer from Laura Tricarico. Post quickly tied it up with a pair of field goals at 50-50.
The game continued to be a tug-of-war for over 5 minutes until the Pioneers took the lead, for the first time with the score at 55-54.“Our turnovers and missed free throws hurt us in the 2nd half,” commented Coach Gail Wasmus.
The final time Tech tied Post was with 1 ½ minutes left. Captain Anne Mullady hit a short jumper to tie the game at 57-57. Several costly turnovers by NY in the remaining seconds aided the Pioneers in winning 61-58.
“In spite of the loss, we improved tremendously over our first game. The team shot 42 percent from the floor. Kate played a great game. Anne had a very balanced game and rebounded very well. Betty stole the ball 6 times which is good for a tall woman,” said Coach Wasmus.
Kate Schaars finished the game with 15 points, 12 rebounds; Betty Conkling contributed with 6 points, 13 rebounds and 6 steals; Anne Mullady had 11 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals; Eileen Dwyer had 7 points and 7 assists.
Tech’s next game of the week, and 1st win of the season, was a much different type of game. Sparked by Eileen Dwyer’s 29 points, the New York Tech’s women’s basketball team defeated Adelphi 73-65 Thursday afternoon at Tech’s gym. The game was closely contested throughout. With the score tied 34-34, Tech scored 4 points without a response to lead the half 38-34.
NYIT’s offense was characterized by a run and shoot offense. Tech played mostly a running game. After 3 minutes elapsed in the second half, they had opened its lead 49-38. Kate Schaars, a strong playing 5’11” freshman center (13 points, 12 rebounds and 5’10” Betty Conkling (10 rebounds and 5 steals) swept the boards. The Bear’s playmaking guard Donna Coombs kept the fast break running and frequently set up points for Dwyer and Captain Anne Mullady (15 points).
Laura Tricarico (8 points) hit a few key jumpers down the stretch, and Donna’s 6 points (4 assists and 4 steals) round out a balanced attack.
The closest Adelphi came the rest of the way was the final score, as every time they threatened, Tech came back and answered with baskets of their own. Dwyer’s 29 points were scored on 11 of 19 field goals and 7 out of 8 foul shots. The spunky junior guard scored most of her points on fast break layups and drives.
“We beat them down the court, by outhustling them. The women used the thirty second clock beautifully,” said Coach Wasmus.