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​The NYIT Bears Women’s Basketball team just closed out their season with what was described

as a brutal loss in the East Coast Conference championship game against the Queens Knights.

But it was a very good playoff run for the Bears as they notched two big wins to reach this

championship game.

​Their first game was on March 4th against the LIU Post Pioneers. The Bears really hunkered

down on defense only allowing the Pioneers to take 50 shots for the entire game and forcing

them into 17 turnovers which NYIT turned into 15 points. On the offensive side, the Bears did a

very good job protecting the ball on committing 8 turnovers. Head coach Anthony Crocitto was

incredibly pleased with this performance saying, “We played defense tonight and shared the

ball. To play a game like this with under nine turnovers is just awesome.”

​Next up was The University of The District of Columbia who finished the season at an ECC best

25­4 overall (18­2 conf.). The Bears went into halftime down 47­27 but came out of the locker

room on fire tying the game with 13:34 left in the half. Solid play for the rest of the half would

then lead to a Bears upset 73­69. Junior Dina Ragab finished the game with a strong double-
double performance with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Starting sophomore forward, Shannon

Duer credited a strong team effort in the second half saying: “We came out at half time with

drive and determination to try to at least cut their lead. We knew that we had to give it

everything we had and leave it all out on the floor. Our determination created momentum that

just continued throughout the rest of the half.”

The Bears would then take on Queens in the ECC Championship Game but their fortunes would

change this time around. Taking a 16 point lead into the half, the Bears finished the first real

strong. They were able to hold Queens at bay until late in the second half when the Knights

started a charge led by Madison Rowland. The game would go down to the wire but Queens

would come out on top 65­63.

​With only 3 players scheduled to depart, continuity will be one of the team’s strengths heading

into next season. When asked about what she thinks the team could accomplish, Duer said, “I

think we have a great chance to make it even further than we did this year. We have a lot of

returning players which is an advantage, but I believe we have to continue to work hard and

have fun and then it will all fall into place.”

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