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FTC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM WINS FIRST GAME OVER NCAA TEAM
FTC Women’s Basketball continues its winning season with a victory over SUNY Old Westbury, 57-53.
By Sean Lanigan
The month-long break between semesters didn’t hurt the FTC Women’s basketball team, who beat the SUNY Old Westbury Panthers 57-53 on February 1st at The Sound Arena. This victory marked the program’s first win over an NCAA school. In a game that saw four lead changes, FTC led by one point at halftime but then trailed 42-38 after the third quarter. However, FTC outscored Old Westbury in the fourth quarter by 8 points, leading to the close win. Head Coach Anthony Alfaro was impressed with his team. “They showed a lot of poise being off for 46 days. I am really proud of them,” he said.
The team has won six of their last seven games, improving their record to 7-3. “I expected our team to be very aggressive on defense tonight, and I believe that our team unity will be the backbone of our success,” added Alfaro.
Players for The Sound who stood out included Jordan Tobin, who had 15 rebounds, and Essence Rayford, who scored 17 points. Overall, the team had 15 steals in the game.
Sydney Mountain, a first-year guard on the team, finally returned to the court after an injury in the Fall and discussed the victory, saying, “I have battled injuries this year, and I was really happy to get back out there and help the team win.”
Five Towns College will host the HVIAC Championships on Saturday, February 26th, and Sunday, February 27th, and the women’s basketball team has its eye on the big weekend.
The next home game for the Five Towns College Women’s Basketball team is on Friday, February 4th, at 6 pm versus Fisher College.