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Lady Builders Fight Off Bulldogs For 80-60 USCAA Win

Lady Builders Fight Off Bulldogs For 80-60 USCAA Win

FINAL SCORE: Apprentice School 80, Briarcliffe 60
USCAA RANKINGS: Apprentice #10, Briarcliffe #13
LOCATION: Island Gardens/W. Hempstead, NY
RECORDS: Apprentice School 6-6; Briarcliffe 4-5
IN BRIEF: Junior Kenya Wilkerson scored 19 points and dished out a career-best 11 assists as the Apprentice School held off a second-half charge from the homestanding Bulldogs and defeated Briarcliffe 80-60 on Friday night.


  • The Bulldogs opened the game strong as 3-pointers from Shemique Hooks, Kiara Johnson and Judy Pierre in the first 2:30 as Pierre's triple put the hosts up 9-4 with 17:37 left.
  • Apprentice School went on an 18-3 run over the next nearly eight minutes as a Jessica Neighbors layup with 9:42 left put the Lady Builders up 24-12 with 9:42 left.
  • Briarcliffe trimmed a little off that deficit after a 3-pointer from Kalin Mitchell and a free throw from Hooks brought them to 24-16 with 8:59 left.  They kept the deficit in the 8-10 point range as Mitchell hit another 3-pointer with 7:27 left to bring Briarcliffe to 31-21.
  • The Lady Builders closed the half on a 21-1 run as a Ylexzis Traeger jumper with 12 seconds left gave the Apprentice School 52-22 lead into halftime.  In the second half, the lead grew to 35 points as a Kenya Wilkerson steal and layup with 16:30 left to go ahead 58-23.  
  • Briarcliffe cut that lead in half over the next 11 minutes as Hooks drained another 3-pointer with 5:36 left as the hosts got to 67-50.  Sabrina Guerrier hit a layup for Briarcliffe with 1:50 left to get to 72-58, but that was as close as the hosts got.


  • Wilkerson topped three in double figures for the Lady Builders with 19 points and a career-best 11 assists.  She had nine three previous times as the last was against Berkeley College on Feb. 9, 2014.  Her 11 assists is the third highest single-game total in program history, trailing the record of 13 by April Steele on Feb. 9, 2001 and Taffey Thomas on Jan. 16, 1998.  Wilkerson nearly came out with a quadruple-double as she had eight rebounds and seven steals.
  • Joining her in double figures was Courtney White with 18 points, six rebounds and four steals, while Traeger had 15 points and 11 rebounds.  
  • Briarcliffe was paced by Hooks with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Kiara Johnson added 16 points and nine rebounds.

The latest USCAA Coaches Poll was released prior to tip-off and Apprentice School is currently ranked #10, while Briarcliffe dropped to #13.

The Lady Builders finish a two-game New York swing by taking on St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn on Saturday at 4 pm at Frank P. Carbone court at The Hill Center on the campus of St. Joseph's College.  The Lady Bears are currently #7 in the latest USCAA poll.  The game will have live stats and video stream with links available on