Release Courtesy of CNR Athletics
NEW ROCHELLE, NY – In a game that saw 18 lead changes and 10 ties, it was fitting that the final possession decided the outcome in the non-conference matchup between The College of New Rochelle and Purchase College this afternoon at the Wellness Center. The Blue Angels were not able to get a shot off in the final moments, dropping a 73-72 decision.
Jah-Leah Ellis led all scorers with a game-high 30 points, adding a game-high 22 rebounds and six steals. Jasmine Brandon chipped in with a double-double of her own, pouring in 24 points while pulling down 13 rebounds, including 10 on the offensive glass.
Elizabeth Osowiecki paced the Panthers with 21 points.
With CNR leading, 30-28, with 1:07 left in the first half, the Blue Angels used a 7-2 run to close out the stanza to take a 37-30 lead into the break.
In the second half, after the Blue Angels led, 41-34, early in the second 20 minutes, the Panthers whittled the lead down and took their first lead of the second half, 50-48, following a Jess Lindsay jumper with 12:43 left. The Panthers led by three, 71-68, with 1:22 left before an Ellis layup and two Alyssa Pechin free throws gave CNR the lead, 72-71, with :33 ticks remaining. On the ensuing possession, Lineker St. Hillaire drove and scored on a layup to give Purchase the advantage.
Following a missed jumper with six seconds remaining, the Panthers secured the defensive rebound, but turned the ball over with 1.7 seconds remaining. However, the Blue Angels did not get the shot attempt off that may have provided the victory.
Prior to the game, the Blue Angels honored their senior players and managers.