By Jerry Del Priore
Lady Bulldogs point guard Taylor George sports a relentless motor, always moving and making things happen on the hardwood. In fact, George’s high-octane engine was on full display in Brooklyn College’s 71-57 win over St. Joseph’s College Saturday afternoon at the Hill Center in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
The five-foot freshman sparkplug poured in a team-high 18 points with three assists and two steals in 23 minutes of play.
The non-conference victory puts the Lady Bulldogs at 8-2 overall (1-1 in CUNY play), while the Lady Bears drop to 5-7 overall (3-2 in the Skyline Conference).
“I think (this win) is super important for us going into the new year,” George told BrooklynSportsWorld.com. “It just gives us a lot of confidence going forward, with momentum.”
With Brooklyn College up 11 points with just under seven minutes remaining in the tilt, George drained back-to-back three pointers to widen their advantage at 59-42 with 6:25 on the clock. It was the proverbial dagger in the collective hearts of St. joseph’s.
“I knew that it was really important, just to keep our lead big,” the former three-sport high athlete (basketball, field hockey and soccer) out of Whitehall High School, in Pennsylvania. “It kept in us in the double digits. It just gave us a lot of momentum offensively and defensively.”
Lady Bulldog freshman forward Chanel Jemmott, a Leon M. Goldstein High School graduate, followed with a bucket of her own to swell Brooklyn College’s lead to 61-42, making the rest of the game academic for the visiting squad.
The Lady Bulldogs dominated the boards, outrebounding the Lady Bears, 51-35.
Jemmott contributed 14 points for Brooklyn College, while senior guard Karen Mak and junior forward Jasmine Hansgen chipped in with 12 apiece, with Hansgen recording a game-leading 13 rebounds.
St. Joseph’s guard Victoria Porcasi led all scorers with 22 points. Guard Kelly O’Donnell added 14 and collected 11 boards in the defeat.
Brooklyn College returns to action Wednesday, January 3rd at 5:00 p.m., hosting John Jay College, while the Lady Bears travel to Farmingdale State College for a Wednesday contest at 4:00 p.m.