No. 23 Women’s Basketball Edges Cortland, 68-67

CORTLAND, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo junior forward McKenna Brooks completed a three-point play with 5.6 seconds remaining that proved to be the difference as the Knights earned a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) victory at Cortland, 68-67, on Friday evening.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Knights opened the game with a 20-13 lead as sophomore guard Sara Ciotti capped the visitors' scoring with back-to-back three-pointers. 
  • Geneseo led by as many as 11 points, 24-13, with 8:20 to go in the second quarter, but the Red Dragons responded with a 17-3 run to take the lead. The Knights finished the frame on an 8-2 run to take a 35-32 lead at halftime.
  • Cortland outscored the Knights, 19-15 in the third quarter to take a one-point lead into the final frame, but Geneseo quickly regained the lead in the fourth, moving ahead, 52-51 on a layup by junior guard Kelsey Poplawski
  • Geneseo took a 65-59 lead on a Ciotti layup with 3:45 to go, but the Red Dragons battled back to tie the game with seven seconds to go. 
  • On the Knights' final offensive possession, junior forward Alyssa Lesakowski found Brooks on the low block, who spun and finished a left-handed layup through contact. She finished the three-point play from the foul line to give the Knights a 68-65 lead. Cortland scored as time expired, but the Knights held on for the win.

QUICK FACTS

  • Ciotti finished with a career-high 21 points on 8-for-12 shooting, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. First-year guard Lindsay Halpin added 16 points while Lesakowski and Poplawski each scored nine.
  • Before her game-winning layup, Brooks had scored just two points, but grabbed seven rebounds and swatted a shot. 
  • The Knights remain perfect in conference play this season, extending their regular season winning streak against conference opponents to 39.

WHAT'S NEXT

Geneseo will play in its regular season finale on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Oswego, with tip-off scheduled for 1:00 p.m.