SFU tripped up in third straight game

NEW YORK, NY- - A big third-quarter run from the hot shooting Columbia Lions was too much to overcome as SFU dropped their third-straight contest, 94-81 at Levian Gymnasium on Wednesday night.
 
A 12-2 run to start the second half for Columbia moved a five-point halftime deficit to a 15-point Lion lead. The Lions used 54 percent shooting from the field and 58 percent from three to hold of Saint Francis. The Red Flash would not be able to get closer than eight the rest of the night. Cold shooting from three-point range was a culprit as the Red Flash went shot just 20 percent (6-30) from deep on the night.

FIRST QUARTER RECAP
Both teams started red-hot from the field, each shooting over 50 percent in the quarter
The quarter had six lead changes and a pair of ties, neither team led by more than three
Five-straight by the Red Flash included a Jenna Mastellone (New York City/Archbishop Molloy) three to give SFU a 14-12 lead
Caitlyn Kroll (Bridgeport, Ohio/Bridgeport) found Kyasia Duling (Zanesville, Ohio/New Albany (Duquesne)) on a back-door cut to end the quarter, SFU led 18-17 after 10 minutes
 
 
SECOND QUARTER RECAP
The teams continued to trade the lead, with an Ace Harrison (Baltimore, MD/Digital Harbor (Maryland)) steal-and score, making it a 25-24 Lion lead
Columbia responded with a 9-2 run to give the Lions the largest lead for either team at eight, 34-26
SFU would get the lead to within three on a trio of occasions off jumpers by Caitlyn Kroll (Bridgeport, Ohio/Bridgeport) and Ace Harrison(Baltimore, MD/Digital Harbor (Maryland))
The Red Flash could get no closer than three in the half with Columbia taking a 41-36 lead into the locker room
 
THIRD QUARTER RECAP
Columbia got out of the gate with a 12-2 run to put them up as many as 15
Jessica Kovatch (Phillipsburg, N.J./Phillipsburg) and Kyasia Duling (Zanesville, Ohio/New Albany (Duquesne)) each picked up their fourth fouls during the run
Layups by Leah Morrow (Columbus, Ohio/Columbus Africentric) and Maya Wynn (Reisterstown, Md./McDonogh) cut the lead to single digits but Columbia would prevent a counter-run in the first five minutes
Out of the media timeout, the Lions ripped off an 8-2 run as the Red Flash went cold from the field, missing eight straight
The Red Flash ended the quarter going 2-12 as Columbia pulled away with a 68-51 lead heading into the fourth
 
FOURTH QUARTER RECAP
The Lion lead would hit a high-mark of 20 before a 7-0 run by the Flash fueled by defense
Kovatch had a steal and score, followed by a steal of the inbound pass that led to a Duling layup
The lead would stay at 14 heading into the fourth quarter media timeout
The Red Flash could not get within that 13-point mark with Columbia having an answer to every run until late in the contest
Late threes from Kroll, Kovatch and Wynn cut the lead to 9 and forced a Columbia timeout with under a minute remaining
Despite a 11-1 run that cut the lead to as little as eight, the Lions would ice the game from the line
The Lions improved to 5-5 on the year with a 94-81 victory while Saint Francis falls to 3-5 on the season
 
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Columbia shot 54 percent for the game and 58 percent (11-19) from three
The Lions won the rebound battle 41-33 but SFU had an 11-7 edge on the glass
Caitlyn Kroll (Bridgeport, Ohio/Bridgeport)'s 23 points set another career best, marking the third-straight game she set a career best
Columbia put six players in double figures, Camille Zimmerman led all scorers with 25
SFU forced 17 turnovers including seven steals but turned those miscues into just 16 points
 
LOOKING AHEAD
 The Red Flash are back at home for the final time in the 2017 calendar season as they host the Youngstown State Penguins. Tip time from DeGol Arena is set for 2 p.m.


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