GENESEO, N.Y. – Behind 14 points and eight rebounds from sophomore forward McKenna Brooks, the SUNY Geneseo women's basketball team held off SUNY Fredonia, 55-54, in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) action, Saturday afternoon at Schrader Gymnasium.
A back-and-forth fourth quarter saw Fredonia (12-3, 7-2 SUNYAC) take a 51-50 lead on a Jenna Einink three-pointer with 2:34 remaining. Geneseo (13-0, 8-0) senior guard Bridgit Ryan answered with a triple of her own, followed closely by a Brooks made free throw that put the Knights up, 54-51, with 22 seconds remaining in the game. Fredonia's Jacque Law drained a three-pointer with 19 seconds on the clock, tying the score at 54-54. Geneseo senior guard Kara Houppert went on to make 1-of-2 free throws with five seconds remaining, which turned out to be enough to preserve the Knights' undefeated season.
Geneseo senior guard Katie Durand followed Brooks in the scoring column with nine points, while Houppert and Ryan added eight points apiece. Senior guard Kayleigh Cavanaugh finished with seven points to go with a game-high 11 rebounds, as Geneseo out-rebounded the Blue Devils, 47-33.
After a close first quarter, Geneseo took command in the second. A pair of Durand free throws gave the Knights a 24-11 lead with 4:45 remaining before the half, matching the largest margin of the game. Geneseo held a 29-18 lead at halftime.
The Blue Devils opened the third quarter on an 18-6 run, pulling them within two of Geneseo, 37-35, with 2:33 on the clock. The Knights held a 41-38 lead at the start of the fourth quarter, a period that included four ties and three lead changes before Houppert's game-winning free throw.
Fredonia's Einink led all players with 18 points, while Khee Nance added 10.
The Knights break from SUNYAC play to host Rochester Institute of Technology on Tuesday, January 17, at 7:00 p.m.