Tuesday, December 22, 2015

FDU 81, Monmouth 75: Ray Floriani's Photo Essay

Teaneck, NJ­ - A Sunday evening non­conference meeting, Monmouth and FDU in a women’s contest, was not unlike many games staged on this day. The difference here is the wealth of story lines.

FDU prevailed, 81­-75. We saw the outside shooting of Monmouth against inside strength of the Knights. Two distinctly different styles. In the end, FDU led by Erika Livermore’s 28­-point, 15-rebound double-­double, prevailed. Monmouth reminded us about the beyond the arc weapon. It is said that he three-pointer can shoot you out of a game. On this night, the Hawks trimmed a double-digit, thanks to eight fourth quarter treys, deficit to a two-possession game in the waning seconds. Credit the proficiency beyond the arc.

We were also reminded marquee player(s) are ably assisted with secondary contributions. Livermore and guard Kelsey Cruz (23 points) are the Knights’ top threats. On this evening, Jackie Jackson produced a 14-point outing. Contributions such as Jackson’s provide balance while alleviating some defensive pressure from the primary options.

There was also an added reminder. Lest we forget, the game is 40 minutes in length. FDU knows this all too well. On several occasions, the Knights saw good first half performances dissolve into tough losses following halftime. Coach Pete Cinella reminded his team during intermission. They got the message and made the necessary plays to seal the verdict.

For the evening, the NFL was on the back burner. FDU and ­Monmouth gave us a competitive, interesting game. Each team learned a little more about themselves with conference play around the corner. Those fortunate to observe learned as well.

FDU coach Pete Cinella sends out directions:
During a free throw, one of the rare moments in which FDU's Erika Livermore was not in perpetual motion:
Members of FDU's men's basketball team were out to support the women on Sunday:
Officials Gary Schimel and Brian Callahan review a play. Ray had Schimel as an instructor at officiating camp, and worked two games with Callahan during the 1996 Metro Classic at FDU:
FDU on offense:
FDU huddles during a late game timeout:

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