The College of Mount Saint Vincent’s women’s basketball team was active during Thanksgiving break by picking up a tournament victory in Brooklyn.
The Dolphins took part in the Dr. Betty Shabazz Tournament hosted by Medgar Evers College.
CMSV and the Cougars were joined by Bard College and the Pratt Institute for a four-game slate that saw the Dolphins dominate the competition, en route to a tournament championship.
The opening contest saw Maria Nardulli’s squad empty the bench in a 39-point victory over the Bard Raptors before downing the hosts by the score of 75-36 in the tournament finale.
The wins improved CMSV’s overall record to 4-1 on the season ahead of a Skyline showdown against Farmingdale State College.
Two Dolphins stood out across the weekend games. Sophomore transfer Magan Jackson continued the terrific start to her career in Riverdale when she went on to earn Tournament MVP honors.
The Bronx native — who made her way to CMSV from Monroe College — averaged 20 points, three rebounds and two assists against Bard and Medgar Evers while shooting an impressive 63 percent from the floor. Senior guard Kayla Hanley was named All-Tournament after posting five points, six assists and five boards in game one and eight points, five assists and five rebounds in the championship. She also combined to swipe six steals in the tournament.
As a whole, the Dolphins shot just over 41 percent from the floor while causing 62 turnovers, a tell-tale sign of a stingy defense while moving the ball around offensively.
The Rams of Farmingdale made their way to the city last Wednesday in a 71-51 loss to the Dolphins. The pivotal early-season conference matchup was a test to see where CMSV stands against the Skyline.
Player of the Week
Magan Jackson, Mount Saint Vincent
Sophomore, Guard; Bronx, N.Y./Julius L. Chambers
Emily Grasseler, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
Freshman, Forward; Millbrook, N.Y./Millbrook
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy sophomore guard Hannah Ramsden posted a career-night in the Mariners’ 65-44 road win, with 16 points and six steals to go along with four assists and four rebounds; she shot 61.5 percent from the field (8-for-13) … St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn senior forward Destiny Hurt finished with a game-high 17 points in the Bears’ lone contest of the week against Brooklyn; the team’s leading scorer also posted three assists and as many steals in the Bears’ non-conference finale … Mount Saint Mary junior guard Shannon Phelan led the team against New Paltz with 14 points on 6-of-13 shooting, seven rebounds and five assists – a catalyst in a major comeback in the third and fourth quarters … St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn freshman guard Mercedes Perez, in addition to her 10 points – scoring double figures in each game this season – finished with six rebounds, four assists and three steals against Brooklyn … Mount Saint Mary freshman forward Sara Cashin, in her first collegiate start, filled the stat sheet with 10 points, two rebounds, one block, one assist and one steal to help lead the team against New Paltz.
Player of the Week
Nov. 14 - Daniella Bessler, Yeshiva
Nov. 21 - Kendall Haymore, Sarah Lawrence
Rookie of the Week
Nov. 14 - Mercedes Perez, St. Joseph’s-Brooklyn
Nov. 21 - Taneece Wooden, Farmingdale State