Women's Basketball Overcomes 15-Point Halftime Deficit to Beat New Paltz, 58-56

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo junior forward McKenna Brooks scored 19 points and first-year guard Natalie Alfieri added 11 to lead the Knights to a comeback win over State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) rival New Paltz, 58-56, on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Knights (6-1, 2-0 SUNYAC) opened the game with a 7-3 run, but were outscored, 7-2, in the final three minutes of the first quarter as New Paltz grabbed a 10-9 lead. 
  • In the second quarter, the host Hawks used a 14-1 run to take a 15-point lead into the halftime break. 
  • Geneseo cut into the lead in the final minutes of the third quarter when Brooks drilled four straight foul shots and Alfieri converted a layup to make the score 47-35 entering the final frame.
  • The Knights opened the fourth quarter with back-to-back Alfieri threes to spark a 9-2 run that drew the team within five points with 6:53 to play. 
  • After a New Paltz three-point play, first-year guard Lindsay Halpin hit two consecutive buckets to begin a 9-0 run. Brooks grabbed a loose rebound and put in a layup to give the Knights a 53-52 lead with under a minute to go.
  • Brooks, Alfieri and junior guard Kelsey Poplawski combined to go 5-for-6 from the foul line in the final seconds as the Knights secured the comeback victory. 

QUICK FACTS

  • Geneseo earned it largest comeback victory since Jan. 20, 2015 when the team defeated Cortland, 68-64, in overtime after trailing by 16 points at halftime. 
  • Halpin finished with 10 points, all in the second half, and a career-high nine rebounds, while junior forward Nicole Kazmarczyk added a season-high seven points and a game-high three steals for the Knights.
  • Brooks finished 11-for-14 from the foul line, tied for ninth in Geneseo history for most foul shots made in a game, and one shy of her personal record set last season against Buffalo St. (12, Jan. 24). 
  • The Knights extend their regular season conference winning streak to 24 games.

WHAT'S NEXT

Geneseo will hosts SUNYAC foe Potsdam on Friday, Dec. 8, with game time scheduled for 5:30 p.m.