The Lady Warriors led off with a 58-21 win over Harlem, then with the crowd roaring from the opening tip, the Warriors came out and held off the Bulldogs 59-51 in the nightcap.
Logan Morris led the Warriors (2-3) with 17 points, none as big as his 3-pointer at the end of the half. It gave the Warriors a 33-26 cushion after the Bulldogs (2-2) had cut a 17-9 deficit at the end of the first period to four.
“Morris was solid in the first half and he kept us going,” coach Bill Madigan said of his guard who hit four 3-pointers on the night.
“It was more of a team effort in the second half.”
Harlem’s Reggie Reid led all scorers with 25 points and helped keep the game close, sinking two free throws to bring the Bulldogs within 51-48 with 2:32 to play.
Jawun Rouse answered with a basket to make it 53-48, and with the score the same a minute later, Rouse emphatically blocked a Reid jumper and the Warriors made six of eight free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
The Lady Warriors (4-0) started slowly, not scoring their first point until the 5:06 mark of the first period and held just a 8-7 advantage at the end of one quarter.
They turned up the defensive pressure at the beginning of the second period, however, leading to easy transition baskets. Freshman Naomi Hughes scored four of her game-high 16 points during the run, with both baskets assisted by Charisma Shepherd. DiMara Thomas scored four points during the tear and the Lady Warriors went into the break up 26-11.
The Lady Warriors cruised to the win in the second half with Thomas finishing with 14 points and Leah Ferguson adding 10.