Women's Basketball Drops Conference Championship in Overtime, 63-57

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior forward McKenna Brooks finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds while senior guard Kelsey Poplawski netted 17 points, but the Knights couldn't hold onto a fourth quarter lead and fell to New Paltz, 63-57, in the SUNYAC Championship game on Saturday afternoon.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Knights were held to just two points in the second quarter as New Paltz outscored them, 13-2, to take a 24-15 advantage into the halftime break.
  • In the third quarter the Knights shot 10-for-14 from the floor, outscoring the Hawks, 21-9. Geneseo held New Paltz scoreless for the final 5:39 of the third quarter as the Knights ran out on a 24-1 run, giving them a 47-34 lead, their largest in the game, with 6:45 to play in the fourth period.
  • New Paltz came storming back, tying the game, 52-52, with eight seconds to play. Sophomore guard Lindsay Halpin had a chance to win with a three-pointer at the buzzer, but the shot rimmed out as the teams played to overtime.
  • In the extra period, sophomore guard Natalie Alfieri finished a layup on the Knights' first offensive possession to give the team a 54-52 lead, but New Paltz scored six-straight to take a 58-54 advantage with 1:25 to play. The Hawks finished the game shooting 5-for-6 from the foul line to seal the victory.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Knights shot 2-for-20 from beyond the arc while New Paltz shot 7-for-19 from three. 
  • Brooks moves to 11th on Geneseo's all-time scoring list with 1,103 career points and moves to fifth on the Knights' all-time rebounding list with 741 career boards.
  • Brooks and Poplawski were each named to the SUNYAC All-Tournament Team.

WHAT'S NEXT?
Geneseo will await a potential at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, with the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Selection Show airing at 2:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon.