LEICESTER, Mass. --- Junior forward Ciara McKissick (Charlton, Mass. / Shepherd Hill Regional) finished with her first career triple-double as the Becker College women's basketball team prevailed 78-72 over visiting Mount Ida College on Tuesday evening at the Leicester Gymnasium.
McKissick scored 12 points with 14 rebounds and ten assists, the latter two totals representing game-highs for the Hawks of Becker (6-4). The junior also recorded two steals and a block on the defensive end while shooting 54 percent from the floor. Sophomore guard Cassidy Harrison (Foxborough, Mass. / Foxborough), the reigning NECC and WACBA Player of the Week, finished with 21 points, four steals and four rebounds. Junior forward Adrianna Dowdy (East Haven, Conn. / Hill Regional Career) posted a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Junior guard Katey Anderson (Beachwood, N.J. / Toms River) chipped in nine points with four assists. Collectively, the Hawks outshot the Mustangs, 39 percent to 34 percent, with a 54-41 advantage in rebounding.
The Mustangs of Mount Ida (6-3) were led by senior forward Imani Bumpus (Dedham, Mass. / Capital Prep) with 21 points, seven rebounds and four steals. Sophomore forward Valerie Martin (Derry, N.H. / Pinkerton Academy) finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and five steals. Senior guard Patricia Liotta (Hampton Bays, N.Y. / Hampton Bays) finished with ten points and eight rebounds. Mount Ida collectively had a 17-9 advantage in steals over Becker.
Becker led for most of the game, going into the fourth quarter with a 62-49 advantage. Just 26 seconds into the fourth, McKissick found freshman guard Allie Ablondi (Thompson, Conn. / Tourtellotte Memorial) for a three-pointer, giving her the triple-double and putting the Hawks ahead by 16, their largest lead of the game. The Mustangs would answer with a 17-5 run, putting on a full-court press and forcing multiple turnovers by the home team. Mount Ida would finally pull to within three with 2:05 left after a Bumpus free throw. But Becker held firm, with Dowdy making three-of-four free throws down the stretch as they escaped with the victory.
Becker will be back on the court on Thursday when they travel to MCLA for a 6:00 p.m. game. Mount Ida travels to Southern Vermont on Thursday for their next contest in a 1:00 p.m. matchup.
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