FREDONIA, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior guard Katie Durand scored a career-high 23 points to lead the Knights to a 69-55 victory over host Fredonia in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) women's basketball action, Tuesday.
Geneseo improved to 12-0, tying the 1993-94 squad for the fourth-longest winning-streak to start a season in program history. It is also the longest such streak since the 1994-95 team won its first 20 contests.
Geneseo led by as many as eight in the opening stanza, but Fredonia stayed within striking distance as the teams headed to the halftime locker room knotted, 25-25. A jumper by senior forward Katie Vienneau, who finished the game with 11 points, staked the Knights to a 12-5 lead with 2:11 left in the first quarter, but a 7-2 Blue Devils' spurt made it a two-point game by the 8:25 mark of the second quarter. Six-straight Geneseo points re-upped the visitors' lead to their largest of the half, 20-12, at 6:23, but Fredonia responded with a 9-2 outburst to pull back within one, 22-21, at 3:40.
It wasn't until the closing minutes of the third quarter that Geneseo started to pull away for good. Tied, 33-33, at 5:48, Durand scored four points during a 10-2 run that put the Knights on top, 43-35, with 2:20 on the clock. Durand then hit back-to-back baskets to close the quarter with Geneseo on top, 47-37, before a three-point play by senior guard Kayleigh Cavanaugh to start the fourth continued the Knights' decisive surge that yielded their largest lead of the game, 56-38, with 5:36 to play.
The Geneseo defense limited Fredonia to 33 percent shooting (17-51) for the game, while 18 Blue Devil turnovers yielded 18 points for the Knights. Geneseo finished with a 39-36 rebounding advantage, led by nine boards by senior forward Bridgit Ryan as well as seven by sophomore forward McKenna Brooks.
Geneseo returns to action on Friday with a 7:30 p.m. matchup at Buffalo State before returning home to host Fredonia on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.