Brasa Nets Season-High 19 in 81-46 Loss at Albertus Magnus

Senior Liz Brasa scored a season-high 19 points for the Sharks.
Senior Liz Brasa scored a season-high 19 points for the Sharks.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior forward Liz Brasa (East Hartford, Conn.) netted a season-high 19 points to lead the Simmons College women's basketball team in a 81-46 loss to host Albertus Magnus College this afternoon in a Great Northeast Athletic Conference game at The Nest in New Haven Conn. The Sharks fall to 6-12 overall and 5-7 in league play, while the Falcons improve to 12-9 and 7-5.

Albertus Magnus held Simmons to just 25.4% (16-63) from the field and owned a 54-38 advantage on the boards.

Brasa added six rebounds and a block to her day for the Sharks, while sophomore guard Francesca Corsinetti (Johnston, R.I.) scored 14 points in addition to two rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Junior forward Olivia Bolden (South Windsor, Conn.) poured in a game-high 26 points to lead the Falcons and added 17 rebounds for her 13th straight double-double and 16th of the season in addition to two assists and a pair of steals. She was one of five players to register double-digit scoring totals. Senior guard Liz Falcigno (Wallingford, Conn.) dropped in 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds, handed out an assist and picked up two steals, while sophomore guard Jill Johnson (North Haven, Conn.) contributed with 12 points, eight assists, five rebounds and four steals. Junior guard Kiki Epps (Norwalk, Conn.) chipped in with 11 points, eight rebounds, one assist and one steal.

Bolden led a 15-4 run with seven points to open the game for Albertus Magnus, before Simmons closed out the first quarter by scoring six of the next nine points to cut the deficit to 18-10 going into the second period. The Falcons later maintained a 21-13 cushion with 9:05 left in the quarter, before they ripped off 13 unanswered points to take a 34-13 lead at the 5:16 mark. Falcigno netted five points to key the run. The Sharks climbed to within 34-21 following eight straight points, including a pair of three-pointers from Corsinetti, before Albertus Magnus took a 39-26 margin into the intermission.

The Falcons later held a 47-33 lead at 5:12 of the third quarter and extended the lead with seven consecutive points to take a 54-33 lead with 2:37 left in the period. A Corsinetti lay-up ended the drought for Simmons, before Albertus Magnus ended the third period with a 58-37 lead. 

The Falcons opened the final period with a 13-4 burst, behind six from Bolden, to take a 71-41 advantage with 5:19 remaining in the contest. Corsinetti later drained a trifecta to make it 75-46 for the Sharks, but Albertus Magnus tallied the final six points of the game to close it out.

Simmons returns to action on Thursday, February 9 when it hosts University of Saint Joseph (Conn.) at Moore Gymnasium for a 7:00 p.m. GNAC tilt, while the Falcons host Suffolk University on February 7 at 7:00 p.m.