The men’s and women’s basketball teams at Brooklyn College began tackling their conference schedules Friday evening when they hosted “The Battle Of The Verrazano,” a double-header against their rivals, the College Of Staten Island (CSI). The night ended with the men’s team losing to Staten Island 77-58, after the women lost their game by a score of 61-48.
During the women’s game, the arena filled to capacity, with the first 500 fans receiving free t-shirts. After tip-off, Brooklyn jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead, but CSI quickly regrouped and the game was close for the remainder of the first half. CSI out-scored Brooklyn by 11 points in the second half, including shooting nearly 79% from the free-throw line.
After the game, Brooklyn’s head coach Alex Lang blamed the loss on a lack of consistency. “We had good ball movement, at times, and at other times, we were very slow moving the ball,” he said. “We played good defense, at times, and at other times, we really didn’t play great defense.”
Lang also pointed out a problem with his team’s rebounding, saying, “We out-rebounded them, but we really didn’t get the kind of rebounding that we should get against a smaller kind of team.”
Three CSI players scored in double figures: Melanie Johnson (18), Lisa Galasso (13) and Victoria Gallinaro (10). Johnson also had 11 rebounds to complete a double-double and Galasso had six assists.
Brooklyn’s Megan Campbell, a transfer from Seton Hill University, had a double-double: 11 points and 11 rebounds. She said she believed CSI was getting a lot of open shots during the game because Brooklyn was “a little lackadaisical on defense at times.” She gave a general assessment of her new team by saying, “I think we still need to learn how to play together a little bit more but that’ll come with the season going on.”
Campbell’s teammate, Carissa Williams, another transfer, from Baltimore City College, scored 12 points. After the game, she reflected on the school’s rivalry with CSI: “It was a very intense game because it’s like a rivalry. We don’t like each other. It’s not a secret. They wanted to win really badly and so did we, but we didn’t do so good at executing.”
Lang echoed Campbell’s sentiments, saying, “It’s a big rivalry game for us. It was upsetting losing obviously, but it was exciting to play.”
The rivalry between the two schools will continue on January 25th, when the action shifts to Staten Island. It will be another double-header between the men’s and women’s teams, sure to be just as exciting as Friday’s “Battle Of The Verrazano” was.