BROOKLYN, NY --- NYU-Poly was the place to be Thursday evening, as ASA Avengers Basketball put on an exciting show, grabbing Hudson River bragging rights over visiting Essex County College in doubleheader action. The Lady Avengers dominated the first game, beating the Lady Wolverines 82-44. The Avengers followed suit in the second game, earning an 83-66 win over the Wolverines – Division II's 15th ranked program.
Freshman guard Deborah Anderson (Tacoma, WA) led the Lady Avengers with 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting, along with five rebounds and three assists. Sophomore guard Latasia Ward (Bronx, NY) had the best all-around game for ASA, scoring 14 points – also on 6-for-12 shooting – while grabbing a team-high nine rebounds and four assists. Sophomore guard Cristal Liriano (New York, NY) played very well off the bench as she works her way back from a knee injury. The lefty had 12 points on 5-for-8 shooting (2-4 3PT), two steals, two rebounds and two assists.
After an early 2-2 tie, the Lady Avengers and Lady Wolverines spent the next nine minutes exchanging scoring runs with each other (ASA 7-2, ECC 11-5), with Essex holding a slim 15-14 lead with 7:46 remaining. The lead was ECC's third of the game – and would prove to be their last. A 19-8 ASA run – paced by seven points from Ward – turned a one point deficit into a ten point halftime lead, 33-23. ASA's defensive pressure and execution pushed them out ahead in the second, never to be seriously challenged.
Freshman forward Mike McLeod (Newburgh, NY) set the pace for the Avengers in their game, posting a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. McLeod was 8-for-12 from the field and 3-for-5 from the free throw line on the night. He was one of four Avengers in double figures, joined by sophomore guard Sa'Quan Davis (Washington, DC) with 16; freshman guard Daquan Brickhouse (Peekskill, NY) with 11; and freshman guard Dayvon Whitaker (Poughkeepsie, NY) with 10. Davis and Brickhouse led the team with six assists apiece.
ASA steadily pulled away from the Wolverines during the course of the game, leading it from wire-to-wire and holding a lead as big as 18. The Avengers shot 49.3% from the field and held a 24-10 advantage off the bench.