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Pace Women Advance; Men Fall in Playoffs

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Pace women’s basketball team moved onto the semifinals of the Northeast-10 Championship Tournament while the men’s team’s season ended.

The women defeated Assumption College, 60-50, Sunday behind Brittany Shields’ 14 rebounds, nine points and three assists.

Pace started the game on an 8-0 run and eventually led by as much as 11 in the first half, but Assumption cut into the lead slightly and the Setters took a 34-25 lead into halftime.

The Setters led by at least nine points for the entire second half. Kerri White’s three-pointer with 8:47 to play gave Pace its largest lead at 20. Assumption pulled within 10 with 2:36 to play. Pace went back up by 13 with 2:14 remaining and Assumption was only able to get back within 10 before the game ended.

Pace shot 43 percent from the field, 50 percent from three-point range and 55.6 percent from the free throw line. The Setters also forced 21 turnovers by using a full-court press.

White had 12 points, six rebounds and six steals, while Carol Johnson and Brianna Harris added 11 points apiece.

The win gave coach Carrie Seymour her 12th season of 20 or more wins at Pace and her third 20-win season in a row.

The women will travel to Southern Connecticut State University at 7 p.m. Thursday for a semifinal game.

The men’s team lost a close one, 51-49, to New Haven in the first round of the conference tournament Friday.

The Chargers led for the majority of the first half and 25-23 at the break. Pace tied the game early in the second half and took a 49-47 lead with 3:56 remaining. New Haven tied the game at 49 with 2:46 to play and took a 51-49 lead with 1:02 left.

New Haven stole the ball but missed a three-point attempt, which gave Pace the ball with 7.7 seconds remaining. The Chargers blocked a three-point attempt as time expired to escape with the win.

Pace’s Denzel Primus-Devonish scored 20 points and had three rebounds and two assists. Jonathan Merceus had 11 points and nine rebounds. Justin Alston added seven points and three assists while Delroy Daley grabbed six rebounds.

From reports by Pace University Athletics/John M. Tagliaferri

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