GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo senior guard Kara Houppert scored a team-high 13 points as the Knights completed an undefeated regular season with a 74-39 victory over Cortland in State University of New York (SUNYAC) action on Saturday afternoon.
Senior guards Katie Durand and Kayleigh Cavanaugh along with sophomore guard Kelsey Poplawski eached netted 12 points to lead the Knights to an unblemished 25-0 record for only the second time in program history.
Geneseo forced 24 Cortland turnovers, led by a season-high five steals by Cavanaugh. The Knights shot 23-for-53 (43.4%) including 7-for-22 (31.8%) from three-point range while limiting the Red Dragons to 16-for-46 (34.8%).
Geneseo a 13-0 lead with 6:18 left in the first quarter en route to a 16-4 edge heading into the second quarter. Geneseo scored seven of the next nine points, capped by a Houppert triple, before. Cortland responded with an 8-4 run to end the period as the Knights led, 27-14, at halftime.
In the third quarter, Houppert and Cavanaugh combined to send the Knights on a 9-0 run in the first 1:24, giving the home team a 36-14 lead. Geneseo finished the quarter 7-for-9 from the floor to build a 55-28 lead at the end of the frame. The Knights outscored the Red Dragons 19-11 in the final period to seal the victory.
Prior to the game, Geneseo celebrated its five-member Class of 2017. The team honored senior forwards Katie Vienneau and Bridgit Ryan along with Houppert, Cavanaugh, and Durand for their contributions to the program.
Geneseo is two games shy of the program-record 27-straight victories won by the 1992-93 Knights en route to the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals and a 27-1 record.
Earning the top seed for the SUNYAC Tournament for the second time in three seasons, Geneseo awaits the winner of Tuesday's quarterfinal matchup between fourth-seeded Cortland and fifth-seeded Fredonia in the semifinals, to be played Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Schrader Gymnasium. Check back later for the final complete seeding for the tournament.