GENESEO, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo sophomore guard Natalie Alfieri totaled 17 points and seven rebounds to lead the Knights to a 56-53 victory over visiting Oswego, Saturday, in State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) women's basketball.
Geneseo (21-3, 14-3 SUNYAC) closed the regular season by clinching the second seed and a first-round bye for the SUNYAC Tournament. The Knights await the winner of this Tuesday's quarterfinal between third-seeded Oneonta and sixth-seeded Fredonia.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Oswego opened an early 6-3 lead before an 8-3 Geneseo run capped by a lay-up by junior guard Sara Ciotti pushed the Knights on top, 11-8, with 1:56 left in the first quarter.
- The Lakers reclaimed a 12-11 lead with 6:55 on the second-quarter clock, but a 10-2 spurt including a pair of field goals by senior forward Nicole Kaczmarczyk gave Geneseo a 21-14 edge at 3:31.
- Leading, 23-18, at halftime, Geneseo extended its lead back to seven, 28-21, on an Alfieri lay-up at 8:52 of the third quarter. However, Oswego used a 13-6 run over the next 3:39 to knot the game, 34-34, at 5:13. A 41-38 Laker lead at the end of the third quarter grew to 46-38 with 8:59 left in regulation.
- Alfieri connected on a three-pointer at 8:17 before a lay-up by senior forward McKenna Brooks made it a three-point game at 7:39.
- Oswego took a 48-43 lead at 7:14, but a back-door lay-up by Alfieri kicked-off an 11-0 run over the next 3:16 that gave the Knights a 54-48 edge with 3:58 left in regulation. Sophomore guard Lindsey Halpin connected on a jumper in the lane before Alfieri converted a fast-break lay-up. Halpin then hit a three-pointer before Alfieri converted a tough lay-up in the lane to complete the run.
- Oswego hit a three-pointer at 3:29 and later pulled within one, 54-53, with 1:04 left in regulation. The Lakers re-gained possession with 35 seconds on the clock and set up for a final field goal attempt. However, Alfieri stole an interior pass attempt and drove to the other end for a lay-up to seal the game with 9.3 on the clock.
- Halpin finished the game with 14 points, six rebounds and six assists.
- The Knights clinch the second seed and earn a first-round bye in the SUNYAC Tournament, reaching the semifinal round for the seventh-consecutive season.
- Geneseo honored the four members of the Class of 2019 prior to the game. Brooks and Kaczmarczyk joined forward Alyssa Lesakowski and guard Kelsey Poplawski in a Senior Day ceremony.
SUNYAC TOURNAMENT NOTES
New Paltz earned the top-seed for the SUNYAC Tournament and will host next Friday's semifinals and Saturday's championship. The Hawks will play the winner of Tuesday's other quarterfinal between fourth-seeded Cortland and fifth-seeded Brockport. Geneseo will play the first semifinal contest at 5:30 p.m. while Saturday's championship game is slated for a 4:00 p.m. start.