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Winning streak over for NCCC

Niagara County Community College’s women’s basketball win streak was ended at 49 on Saturday in an 80-46 loss to Monroe College in the MLK Classic hosted by Monroe in New Rochelle.

The Thunderwolves had not lost a regular season game or a Region III playoff game since the final game of the 2017-18 Regional playoffs to Monroe County Community College of Rochester, not to be confused with Monroe, a private college in Westchester County.

NCCC went 31-2 last season with both losses in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II tournament. Coach Nate Beutel’s team won its first 18 games this season before Saturday.

The one-sided outcome was a bit unexpected. NCCC led, 29-28, at halftime before being outscored 29-11 in the third quarter and 23-6 in the fourth by the host Mustangs. Monroe made 10 of 18 shots in the third quarter, 5 of 8 from 3-point range, while NCCC was 5 for 15 and 1 for 3. In the fourth it was 10 of 17 and 3 of 5 for Monroe and 1 of 15 and 0 for 5 for NCCC.

Monroe outrebounded NCCC, 48-24. The margin was 13-3 in the third quarter.

Cierra Harrison (Cardinal O’Hara) had 19 points for NCCC. Aubrey Halloran, a sophomore from Albany, had 10 points.

Paige Emborsky (Newfane), NCCC’s leading scorer, was held without a point in the game and No. 2 scorer Alaina Forbes, a freshman from Phelps, did not play with no explanation.

NCCC will face Union County College of New Jersey on Sunday at the Monroe Athletic Complex to complete its weekend in the MLK Classic.

The Thunderwolves return to Western New York Conference play with a home game on Wednesday against Mercyhurst North East.

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