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Merchant Marine Tops CCNY; Improves to 4-1

New York, NY – The United States Merchant Marine Academy Mariners (4-1) bested the City College of New York Beavers (1-5) Wednesday night by a score of 66-59 at Nat Holman gymnasium on the campus of CCNY.

Four Mariners scored double figures with senior captain Roshenda Josephs (Culpeper, VA) and sophomore forward Rebecca Resor (Bay St. Louis, MS) putting up 14 apiece, and senior captain Tamara Kaileh (Kings Park, NY) and freshman guard Marlee Chovich (Lake Oswego, OR) soring 12 each.     

Resor and Josephs both recorded double-double nabbing 16 and 12 rebounds respectively.  Josephs also plucked a season-high 7 steals, moving herself into second place on USMMA's all-time career steals list.  She also sits atop the Landmark Conference rankings in steals per game with 4.0. 

Resor had an all-around solid night, swatting a season-high four blocks.  She and junior forward Kristina Walz (Monona, IA) currently sit fourth and fifth in the conference in rebounds per game with 10.6 and 10 respectively. 

Merchant Marine scored nine of the game's first 11 points, taking a 9-2 lead on a Walz free throw three and a half minutes into the contest.  The hometown Beavers would quickly strike back, going on an 18-4 run, taking a 20-13 advantage at the 8:12 mark of the first half.  The seven point lead would be CCNY's largest of the contest.

Resor and Chovich would combine to score the last 11 points of the half for the Mariners, giving Merchant Marine a 32-29 advantage heading into the break.

CCNY would score the first four points of the second half, taking over the lead once again.  Walz quickly responded with a layup for Merchant Marine and the Mariners would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the contest.

USMMA opened up their largest advantage of the game at the 7:03 when a Kaileh layup capped a 12-0 run, putting Merchant Marine up 56-42.

CCNY would cut the lead back down to seven, but time expired as Merchant Marine came away with the victory.

USMMA will do battle on the road this weekend against Landmark Conference foes Moravian (7-0, 1-0 LC) and Scranton (6-1, 1-0 LC).