GENESEO, N.Y. - The No. 23 Geneseo Women's Basketball team preserved their undefeated mark with a 66-46 victory over Plattsburgh on Saturday.
McKenna Brooks finished with 12 points, eight rebounds and a pair of steals while Katie Durand led the squad with 13 points. Kayleigh Cavanaugh added 10 while Kara Houppert finished with nine and a team-high five assists.
The Knights jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first 4:45 with a Durand jumper, Houppert three, and a pair of Kelsey Poplawski foul shots. The Cardinals got on the board with a foul shot, but seven straight points gave the Knights a 14-1 advantage. Plattsburgh answered with five consecutive points but Sara Ciotti converted a driving layup on the home team's final possession of the quarter to make it 16-6 at the break.
In the second quarter the Knights built on their advantage, outscoring the Cardinals 22-16. Cavanaugh added two more triples, going a perfect 3-for-3 from behind the arc in the first half. Brooks owned the paint with eight points and five rebounds in the first half, including six in the second quarter alone to help Geneseo extend its lead to 38-22 at the halftime break.
The Knights kept pounding in the third, maintaining their 16-point advantage. Geneseo led by as many as 20 points, taking a 50-30 lead on a Durand jumper from the paint with 3:17 to go in the third. Plattsburgh answered with a pair of back-to-back threes from Bella DePasquale, cutting it to 50-36. Ciotti finished the frame with a pair of converted free throws, making it 52-36 entering the final quarter.
In the fourth, Geneseo locked down on defense keeping the Cardinals scoreless for the first 6:26 of the final frame. Meanwhile, the Knights built onto their lead using a 10-0 run to go ahead by 26 points. From there, the home team cruised to a 64-44 victory.
Geneseo remains undefeated with a 17-0 mark, and improves to 10-0 in the SUNYAC. The winning streak is the third-longest to begin a season in program history. The squad will take on Buffalo State on Tuesday in the final game of their five-game homestand.