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Women's hoops loses lead against New York University

(Posted December 11, 2010)

NEW YORK, Pa. -- Juniata women's basketball came out hot then held onto small leads for the majority of the game until the final moments when non-conference opponent, New York University, pulled away 56-74, Saturday afternoon in New York.

Juniata (6-3) found a rhythm early in the first half, winning by double-digits within the first seven minutes as Jordan Hileman (Williamsburg, Pa./Williamsburg) drained a 3-pointer. The Violets (6-3) started creeping back in the game in the last six minutes of the first half, closing the gap 27-22. They came just one point short of Juniata, 27-26, with three minutes left. The Violets proved they were not going to give up just yet as they hung on 35-32 at half.

The Eagles and the Violets went neck-and-neck in the start of the second stanza. The Violets got ahead by two for the first time with 8:34 on the clock. They proceeded to get up 52-45 after two good free throws with just under eight left.

Despite Jordan Speck (Huntingdon, Pa./Southern Huntingdon) finishing both her foul shots, the Eagles were down 50-59 with just under five minutes left on the clock.

Five turnovers and two missed 3-pointer opportunities in the last five minutes quickly allowed the Violets to gain their largest lead.

Ashton Bankos (York, Pa./York Catholic) recorded 12 points for Juniata, while Kate McDonald (Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa./State College Area) and Natalie Glinsky (Indiana, Pa./Indiana) each had ten. McDonald also had a team-high of seven rebounds.

Maggie Ely had a great deal to do with the win for the Violets, totaling 22 points. She was the only player on her team to score in the double-digits.

Juniata shot 33% from the floor while New York University shot 43%. Juniata made 6-of-14 foul shots while the Violets made 9-of-13. Each team committed 13 turnovers. Juniata grabbed 33 rebounds while New York University had 54.

Next up, Juniata will travel to Mt. Aloysius College December 14th to play an 8:00 p.m. game.

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