Messiah Pulls Away to Top Women's Basketball, 63-51

GRANTHAM, Pa. - SUNY Geneseo first-year guard Natalie Alfieri scored nine points and pulled in five rebounds as the Knights fell to host Messiah, 63-51, in the Hampton Inn Tip-off Classic on Saturday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Falcons jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the first quarter, but Geneseo with a 7-0 run to take a 12-10 lead. Messiah tied it with a bucket before the end of the first frame.
  • Geneseo (1-1) took a 17-12 lead with a 5-0 run to begin the second period, but Messiah regained the lead to take a 31-28 advantage into the halftime break.
  • The Knights trailed by as many as six points in the third quarter, but a three-pointer by sophomore guard Madison McCulley followed by five straight points from sophomore guard Sara Ciotti put the Knights ahead 42-40 to end the frame.
  • Messiah outscored Geneseo 23-9 in the final quarter to earn the victory.

QUICK FACTS

  • Junior forward McKenna Brooks led the Knights with 11 points and nine rebounds while first-year guard Lindsay Halpin scored seven points and grabbed six boards.
  • Geneseo shot 18-for-53 from the floor and earned assists on just four field goals. 
  • The Knights committed 21 turnovers while the Falcons netted 15 points off of turnovers. 

WHAT'S NEXT

Geneseo will return to action on Sunday when they take on Waynesburg at Messiah. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.