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Fantini’s game-winning three lifts Owls in opener

Photo Courtesy | Jake Grubman Sophomore guard Mariah Hankton attempting a contested layup. She scored 17.

Ryan Flynn – Sports Editor

With under thirty seconds in regulation and her team trailing 68-67, senior guard Camille Fantini set up at the top of the key and caught a pass from freshman Nicole Grossbard. Without hesitation, she drained the three pointer and put her No. 21 ranked Owls up for good.

Photo Courtesy | Jake Grubman
Camille Fantini shooting the game-winning 3-pointer to earn her team a win.

The team won their season opener at home against Dowling by a final score of 70-68.

Owls senior forward/center Moni Smith-Ocran dominated the team’s home opener against Dowling, notching a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, nine of which came on the offensive glass.

Ocran shot 50 percent overall and got to the line five times, a good early sign for the Owls from what looks to be their primary big.

Southern was actually outshot pretty handily, 52 percent to 42 percent, but took 18 more shots than visiting Dowling. Southern went into halftime trailing 38-33, but made up the deficit in the second half, outscoring Dowling by seven, with no points being bigger than Fantini’s game-winning three.

Next up for the Owls is their conference opener this Wednesday at Adelphi before playing a pair of home games. First, on Sunday at 1 p.m. the Owls will play host to Saint Thomas Aquinas College before playing against Assumption, also at home, on Tuesday, Nov. 20th.

 

Photo Courtesy | Jake Grubman
Sophomore guard Mariah Hankton attempting a contested layup. She scored 17.

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