DeSales hands Baruch first loss

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Sondrine Glovas, the Mid-Atlantic Rookie of the Year in 2010-11, scored 29 and added 14 rebounds.
DeSales athletics photo by Pat Jacoby

The Baruch College Bearcats saw a valiant second-half comeback fall short to suffer their first defeat, 59-54, in a non-conference contest against DeSales University on Monday night in Center Valley, Pa.

The Bearcats dug themselves into a hole during the first half shooting only 23.4 percent (9-of-37), including 0-for-10 from 3-point range to trail 31-19 at halftime.

The start of the second half saw DeSales increase their lead to 15 points (36-21) with 17:49 left.

The Bearcats finally came alive after a timeout and scored the next 16 points to lead 37-36 with 10:11 remaining. DeSales missed 15 straight baskets and struggled against defensive pressure to enable the Bearcats to turn a rout into an exciting contest.

The two teams battled and were tied at 42 with 6:49 left before DeSales (10-5) scored 11 of the next 13 points to go back on top, 53-44, with under five minutes remaining.

The Bearcats managed to cut the deficit to two points (55-53) on a layup by Jasmine Smarr with 1:08 left, but could not get any closer in the final minute to suffer their first regular season defeat.

Overall, the visiting Bearcats shot 33.3 percent (23-for-69) and finished 1-for-20 from 3-point range.

DeSales also shot poorly at 29.9 percent (20-for-67), but used their defense to force 23 turnovers, which in the end made the biggest difference in the stats sheet.

Jessica Duleba led the Bearcats (12-1) with 16 points, nine rebounds and three assists.  Sheridan Taylor had a double-double of 15 points and 15 rebounds. Smarr finished with 10 points and two steals.

Sondrine Govas led DeSales (10-5) with a double-double of 29 points, 14 rebounds and six steals.

Baruch will resume its CUNYAC schedule on Wednesday, January 16, with a 5:30 pm home contest against Lehman College.