Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 02:18 am est

Men’s, women’s basketball split games with Emory, Rochester

Posted on February 24, 2014 | by Chris Marcotrigiano

Courtesy of NYU Athletics

Men’s basketball split their slate of games this weekend against UAA competition. The team traveled first to Atlanta to face the Emory University Eagles on Feb. 21. The Violets were outscored by 11 points in the first half and fell by a final score of 86-77.

While the Violets faced a large deficit, the team stayed in the game and cut the Eagles’ lead to four with five minutes remaining in the game. CAS senior guard Ryan Tana dropped 31 points in the game, which is the highest total of his career. The Violets also saw contributions from LS sophomore forward Evan Kupferberg and SCPS sophomore center Costis Gontikas, who chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively.

The team looked to bounce back against the University of Rochester Yellowjackets as they traveled upstate on Feb. 23. Despite a two-point deficit at halftime, the Violets dominated the second half and defeated their hosts by a score of 81-64.

Tana once again led the team in scoring with 24 points. He also chipped in three assists and picked up two steals. Kupferberg scored 16 and Gontikas scored 15 to help Tana lead the Violets to the victory and improve their record to 16-8.

Gontikas addressed the dichotomy in the team’s performance in the last two games.

“There was some technical stuff that we didn’t work well on [at Emory],” he said. “But [at Rochester] we really did a good job executing within our offense.”

Women’s basketball also played against Emory and Rochester this weekend. Like the men’s team, the women had their own career performance in Atlanta.

CAS freshman guard Kaitlyn Read recorded a double-double by putting up a career high 26 points and a staggering 17 rebounds. Read cleared 14 defensive rebounds, which prevented the Eagles from getting many second-chance opportunities on offense. CAS sophomore forward and co-captain Megan Dawe also scored in the double figures with 19 points. The Violets defeated Emory by a score of 82-73.

The team’s fortunes changed for the worse against Rochester. Despite a six-point lead at halftime, the Violets were outplayed by the Yellowjackets in the second half and fell by a score of 71-62.

Dawe led the scoring attack for the Violets with 19 points and Read registered another double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but the Yellowjackets out-rebounded the Violets 55-33 overall, which contributed to the loss. Dawe said the team is talented enough to beat tough teams in the future.

“This team has the drive to continue to play hard through anything,” Dawe said. “It unfortunately just wasn’t the outcome we wanted against Rochester.”

The team’s record now stands at 19-5 after losing three out of four games and dropping out of the NCAA Top 25 rankings. Dawe is looking forward to the next competition.

“Going into the final week of conference, we are just going to use that fire and competitiveness to get one more win against Brandeis on their home floor,” she said.

A version of this article appeared  in the Monday, Feb. 24 print edition. Chris Marcotrigiano is a deputy sports editor. Email him at


profile portrait
Felipe De La Hoz

Multimedia Editor | Felipe De La Hoz is a Colombian national studying journalism at the College of Arts and Sciences. Having been born in Colombia and raised in the United States, Mexico and Brazil, Felipe is a trilingual travel aficionado and enjoys working in varied and difficult environments. Apart from his photography, Felipe enjoys investigative reporting and interviews, interviewing the likes of Colombian ex-M-19 guerrilla fighters and controversial politician Jimmy McMillan. He has covered everything from governmental conferences to full-blown riots, as well as portraiture shoots and dining photography. Having worked under Brazilian photojournalists for Reuters and AFP, Felipe hopes to one day work on demanding journalistic projects and contribute to the global news cycle.

Ann Schmidt

News Editor | Ann is a liberal studies sophomore who lived in Florence during her freshman year. She plans on double-majoring in journalism and political science and is always busy. She is constantly making lists and she loves to laugh.


Daniel Yeom

Daniel started at the Features desk of WSN last Spring, writing restaurant reviews whilst indulging on free food and consequently getting fat. Last Fall, he was the dining editor, and he this semester he is senior editor. Daniel is in Gallatin (living the dream) studying Food & Travel Narratives, incorporating aspects of Food Studies, Journalism, and Media, Culture, and Communication. He loves food more than life itself.

Hannah Luu

Deputy Multimedia Editor | Hannah Luu is a ridiculously great Deputy Multimedia Editor. She is a sophomore from Northern California. If you think Northern California means San Francisco you might need to closely examine a map. She is passionate about NPR and being half Asian.

  • How to join:

    The Washington Square News holds open weekly budget meetings at its office located at 838 Broadway every Sunday. All are welcome to attend, no matter your background in journalism, writing, or reporting. Specific times for meetings by desk are listed below. If you wish to talk to an editor before you attend, feel free to check out the Staff page.

    5 P.M. 6 P.M. 6 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 6:30 P.M. 7 P.M.

    Applying for an editor position: Applications for editor positions during the fall or spring semesters are available twice each academic year and can be found here when posted. Applications for the Fall 2012 semester are closed, but check back for Spring 2013. Those who wish to apply are urged to publish pieces in the newspaper and contact current editors for shadowing.

    History of the Washington Square News:

    The Washington Square News is the official daily student newspaper of New York University and serves the NYU, Greenwich Village, and East Village communities. Founded as an independent newspaper in 1973, the WSN allows its undergraduate writers and photographers to cover campus and city news and continues to grow its strong body of award-winning journalists and photographers.

  • The WSN has a circulation of about 60,000 and can be found in over a hundred purple bins distributed throughout campus. It is published Monday through Thursday during the fall and spring semesters and online on Friday, with additional special issues published in the summer. The newspaper recently revamped its website during the Fall 2012 semester.

    Like few campus newspapers in the country, the paper is editorially and financially independent from the university and is solely responsible for selling advertisements to fund its production. The WSN, including its senior staff, is run solely by current undergraduate students and the business-division is largely student-operated as well.

    A Board of Directors comprised of alumni, NYU professors and working news media professionals serves as advisors to the paper. Board members have no control in the WSN's editorial policy or newsroom operations. Alumni of the newspaper are established and leading journalists in such news organizations as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, NBC news, ABC news, Fox News, and USA Today.