Women’s Team Bows Out While the Men’s Team Battle CCNY in the Semifinals Tonight

February 22, 2017 12:36 pm Athletics

Andrew Utate

The No. 2 Lehman College women’s basketball team fell behind early in last night’s match against No. 3 College of Staten Island, losing 69-43, in the CUNYAC semifinals.

Pacing the Lightning (17-9 overall; 14-3 in CUNYAC) was Ayanna Behagen, who scored a team-high 14 points with seven rebounds. Krystal Pearson added 10 points of her own, while Marika Gordon grabbed nine rebounds in a losing effort.

The Dolphins were led by conference player of the year Christina Pasaturo, who poured in 15 points and secured a game-high 20 rebounds for a double-double. Angelique Price (20) and Samantha Flecker (17) each scored in double figures as they advance to the tournament finals against Brooklyn College on Friday.

However, the men’s basketball team will do battle with the No. 2 seed CCNY (16-9 overall; 12-4 in CUNYAC) in the CUNYAC semi-finals tonight at 8 p.m. This marks the fourth time in as many years that the men’s team have made the semifinals.

Lehman (17-9 overall; 11-5 in CUNYAC) earned the No. 3 seed on the strength of their regular season. This past weekend, the Lightning rolled over Hunter 87-60 in the quarterfinals. Lehman has now won nine of their last 10 games, with the sole defeat coming against No. 1 seed CSI in a two point loss on the road.

Lehman displayed a balanced scoring attack this season. Five players are averaging double figures: Andrew Utate leads the team with 3.5 points per game; newcomer Damian Bellamy is averaging 12.7 points and a team-leading 7.9 rebounds per night; Luis Hernandez, Mylo Mitchell, and Jean Marcial are averaging between 10.7 and 11 points per contest.

The CCNY Beavers swept the Lightning in the season series, taking the two games by scores of 74-66 and 99-79.

The winner of Wednesday nights’ contest will face the winner of the CSI- Baruch game on Friday for the CUNYAC crown and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Fans unable to make the trip to the Nat Holman Gymnasium at CCNY can follow all of the action via live stats.