BROOKLYN – Three Cannoneers scored in double figures as Pratt Institute women's basketball won their home opener, a 64-35 decision over the Lions of King's College.
Senior guard Anna Bryce registered a triple-double of 16 points, 19 rebounds and 10 steals to lead the Cannoneers. Amissa Epperson grabbed 13 rebounds, collected six blocks, and tied a career-high with 22 points, while Idalia Kaplan scored a personal-best 19 points to go along with 13 rebounds.
Defensively, Pratt held King's to just 13.9 percent (11-79) shooting overall and outrebounded the Lions by a 74-53 margin.
Leading by a single point, 7-6, midway through the first quarter, layups by Bryce and Epperson helped Pratt orchestrate a 10-0 run, building a comfortable double-digit lead after 10 minutes.
King's would trim the Cannoneers lead to nine, 19-10, with six minutes remaining in the opening half, but a layup and 3-pointer by Idalia Kaplan increased Pratt's lead to 14, 24-10. The Cannoneers' defense held King's in check for the remainder of the period and led at intermission 32-16.
The Cannoneers would begin the second half on a 14-0, essentially putting the game out of reach. The Lion's would only score five points in the third frame as they trailed 52-21 after three. Pratt would cruise the rest of the way, securing their fifth straight victory over the Lions.
After the game, head coach Sade Jackson praised her team's efforts in victory, but knows Pratt must not get complacent as they continue their non-conference schedule.
"Our defense was exceptional tonight, from the start of the game to last minutes. This was a great bounce-back win for us, but we can't dwell too much on it because we have to get ready for tomorrow's game. Our returners set the tone for us on the offensive and defensive end and they must continue to do so if we wish to be successful this season."
UP NEXT – The Cannoneers welcome the Broncos from SUNY-Delhi to the ARC on Friday. Tipoff is slated for 7:00pm.