No. 17 Women's Basketball Overcomes Halftime Deficit to Defeat Plattsburgh, 74-65

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore forward Kerrin Montgomery netted 20 points as the 17th-ranked Knights came back from a six-point halftime deficit to defeat host Plattsburgh, 74-65, on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Geneseo opened the game on a 7-0 run, but Plattsburgh responded with a 13-3 run to take the lead with 4:29 to play in the first quarter. Junior guard Sara Ciotti tied the game with a three on the Knights' next possession, but the Cardinals finished the quarter with a 20-17 lead.
  • The Knights went cold from the floor in the second quarter, shooting just 3-for-10, but went 7-for-8 from the foul line in the period. Plattsburgh led by as many as 11 points, but the Knights scored the final five points of the half and trailed, 38-32, at the break.
  • Geneseo battled back and with 5:29 left in the third quarter, senior forward McKenna Brooks finished a three-point play to put the Knights ahead, 43-42. Senior forward Alyssa Lesakowski and senior guard Kelsey Poplawski made back-to-back layups to put Geneseo ahead 50-45, but Plattsburgh scored four-straight to close the period. 
  • In the fourth quarter, Geneseo outscored Plattsburgh, 24-16, as Montgomery scored 11 points on 4-for-4 shooting down the stretch. Plattsburgh drew to within three points with 3:37 to go, but Ciotti buried a three-pointer to help seal the victory.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Knights have trailed at halftime in each of their last two games, but have outscored their opponents in the third quarter, 45-15, in the two games combined.
  • Brooks finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds to secure her second-straight double-double while sophomore guard Lindsay Halpin netted 14 and eight assists and Poplawski scored 11. 
  • Geneseo finished 24-for-29 from the foul line, a season-high in made attempts on the season.

WHAT'S NEXT?

The Knights will return home to host Buffalo State in the first of three-consecutive home games on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.