Women’s basketball dominates Bloomfield, wins 75-36


Charger Bulletin/Neva Bostic

New Haven’s Camryn DeBose attempts a free throw, West Haven, Nov. 19, 2022.

The New Haven women’s basketball team continued their hot start to the new season with a lopsided 75-36 win over the Bloomfield Bears. The Chargers showed their depth in the great team win, in which they ran away and controlled from the start. This marks the third consecutive season in which they started off 3-0, averaging 76 points per game to start the year.

Forward Aurora Deshaies got New Haven’s offense going early in the game, scoring the team’s first seven points and hauling in three rebounds in the first three minutes of play. They would continue to add to their early lead after another layup by Deshaies while guard Marigona Bacaliu added a layup of her own for an early 12-2 lead.

Bloomfield’s offensive struggles continued throughout the first quarter, but they were able to get two points back on Amath Chol’s layup following Daniya Darby’s offensive rebound. New Haven responded as guard Kameryn King hit a three-pointer to stretch their lead back to double digits.

Camryn DeBose, New Haven’s leading scorer through the first two games, got herself in on the action when she hit a three pointer of her own to make it an 18-6 game with two minutes remaining in the first quarter. With a big lead in hand, the Chargers’ depth also left its mark on this game when forward Bianca Pendleton got on the board with a layup for the team’s final score of the quarter. Bloomfield would answer with five unanswered points, heading into the second quarter with a 20-11 Chargers lead.

The opening minutes of the second quarter was a struggle as both teams missed layups and turned the ball over. DeBose ended the scoreless span with a free throw, followed by a jumper from King to bring the lead back to double digits. New Haven’s offense would continue to dominate Bloomfield as Bacaliu would hit a three pointer and King added a layup following a Bloomfield turnover to give them a comfortable 32-13 lead.

The last five minutes of the second half were controlled by the defense, with both teams turning the ball over three times and forcing uncomfortable shots. Forward Leighanna Lister got New Haven back on the board with her fastbreak layup and tallying a block to keep the Bears’ offense in check. Pendleton added another free throw as time expired to give the Chargers a big 35-14 lead going into the second half.

At the start of the second half, New Haven stretched their lead to 28 after the teams exchanged scores, capped off by a layup and two knockdown threes from DeBose. Pendleton added on two more layups with an assist from Bacaliu as the Chargers’ offense continued to dominate.

In the closing seconds of the third quarter, New Haven’s depth came into play again as guard Charlotte Bassett got herself on the board with a layup to bring the lead to 36 entering the fourth quarter. Bloomfield simply did not have an answer for New Haven’s offense, who continued to spread the ball around and get everyone involved.

Bassett added another layup at the start of the fourth quarter and after Bloomfield’s Myasia Jackson knocked down a mid-range jumper, New Haven guard Aliyah Wright answered right back with a three, much to the delight of the Chargers’ bench. After a turnover by Bloomfield, guard Brianna Diaz knocked down a three to bring the lead to 42.

The teams would again trade baskets in the final minutes, but as time expired, New Haven walked off with a massive 75-36 win in the non-conference matchup. The Chargers will now start their first road trip of the season, starting in Albany, N.Y. on Tuesday night when they take on the Saint Rose Golden Knights. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. as the Chargers look to continue their winning streak to start the season. More information can be found at NewHavenChargers.com.