GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo Women's Basketball finished the regular season with a 25-0 record, earning the top seed and the right to host the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament, beginning Friday at Schrader Gym.
Second-seeded New Paltz will face sixth-seeded Brockport in the first semifinal at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, followed by Geneseo taking on fourth-seeded Cortland at 7:30 p.m. The two semifinal winners will square off in the SUNYAC Championship on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Geneseo finished the regular season with wins over Oswego and Cortland last weekend to finish with a 25-0 record, marking the second undefeated regular season in program history and first since 1992-93. Senior guard Katie Durand leads the team with 11.1 points per game, including a career-high 23 in a 69-55 victory over Fredonia (Jan. 10). Senior guard Kara Houppert averages 8.9 points per game and leads the conference in three-point shooting percentage (46.5) while senior forward Bridgit Ryan ranks eighth in the SUNYAC with 7.1 rebounds per game. The Knights boast Division III's fifth-ranked scoring defense, allowing 46.2 points per game, and have limited opponents to less than 40 points on six occasions this season. The team ranks third in the SUNYAC with 64.9 points per game and leads the league in three-point shooting percentage (33.3). Reaching the SUNYAC finals in each of the last four seasons, Geneseo ranks third among conference members with five titles, its most recent coming in 2015.
New Paltz Hawks
Defending SUNYAC Champion New Paltz finished the regular season with 11 wins in its final 12 games to earn the second seed for this year's tournament with a 13-5 conference record. The Hawks capped their regular season with wins over Plattsburgh and Potsdam last weekend. Sophomore guard Lindsay Bettke scored 23 points against Plattsburgh and netted 22 against Potsdam to lead the team. Senior guard Kit Small ranks sixth in the conference with 12.8 points per game while Bettke averages 11.3 points per game. Small netted a season-high 22 points in a 70-61 victory against Fredonia (Feb. 3). The Hawks rank second in the conference with 65.3 points per game and lead the SUNYAC with 10.8 steals per game. With SUNYAC titles in 2016 and 2013, New Paltz has reached the semifinal round in four of the last five years, including each of the last three seasons. Small and senior forward Courtney Irby return from the 2016 SUNYAC All-Tournament Team.
Cortland Red Dragons
Cortland overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to earn a SUNYAC quarterfinal win over Fredonia on Tuesday, 55-51, to advance to the 27th semifinal berth in program history. Senior forward Alyssa Crosby netted 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Red Dragons to the win. Senior guard Cassidy Chapko leads the SUNYAC with 16.8 points per game, including a program record 43 points in an 85-65 road victory over Buffalo State (Feb. 10). Crosby has notched double-digit scoring in nine of her last 10 contests and ranks eighth in the league with 11.7 points per game. Cortland ranks second in the SUNYAC in shooting percentage (39.1), three-point percentage (32.9) and assists per game (14.3) while standing fourth with 61.8 points per game. The Red Dragons have qualified for 23 consecutive conference tournament appearances and won seven SUNYAC titles, the second-most of any conference member, with their most recent championship in 2010.
Brockport Golden Eagles
Brockport won two of its final three regular season games to grab the sixth seed for the SUNYAC Tournament and then earned a 70-64 upset over third-seeded Oneonta in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals for the first time since 2009. Senior guard Hannah Rehbaum, who scored 19 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the victory, leads the Golden Eagles with 11.6 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game while senior guard Faith Welch averages 10.5 points per game. Brockport fell to semifinal opponent New Paltz twice during the regular season, falling at home, 66-45 (Dec. 3), despite 20 points and 14 rebounds from junior forward Lindsay Johnson, and again at home, 76-52 (Feb. 10). The Golden Eagles rank fifth in the conference with 60.4 points per game while sophomore guard Schyler Laux ranks fourth in the SUNYAC in three-point shooting percentage (38.4). Brockport has won four conference titles in program history, earning back-to-back league crowns in 2008 and 2009, as well as championships in 2003 and 2005.
Live coverage will be provided for all tournament games. For ticket information visit the SUNYAC Tournament Page.