NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – SUNY Geneseo senior McKenna Brooks recorded a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double to lead the second-seeded Knights past sixth seed Fredonia, 62-30, on Friday night in the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) semifinal round at New Paltz.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Knights led 7-5 in the early minutes but the Knights held the Blue Devils scoreless for the final 6:29 of the period as they closed the frame on a 9-0 run to take a 16-5 lead.
- Geneseo outscored Fredonia, 12-5, in the second quarter to extend its lead to 28-12 at halftime. Brooks finished the first half with eight points and nine rebounds while sophomore guard Lindsay Halpin scored seven first-half points.
- In the third quarter, the Knights scored 21 points and held Fredonia to just three points to extend their lead to 34 points. Halpin scored seven points in the third quarter while senior forward Nicole Kaczmarczyk added five.
- Geneseo held Fredonia off in the fourth quarter, extending the lead to as many as 37 points before closing out the game with the win.
- The Knights earn their seventh-consecutive SUNYAC Finals berth, and improve to 14-9 all-time in the SUNYAC Semifinals.
- Halpin finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists while Kaczmarczyk finished with nine points. Junior guard Sara Ciotti contributed six points, four assists and a pair of steals as well.
- Geneseo held Fredonia to just 30 points, the best defensive performance by the Knights this season and the least points allowed by the Knights in a SUNYAC Tournament game in program history.
- With her 23rd victory this season, first-year head coach Alyssa Polosky becomes the winningest rookie coach in Geneseo women's basketball history, passing Kris Ruffo, who led the Knights to a 22-7 record in her inaugural season (2002-03).
Geneseo will face the winner of top-seeded New Paltz and fifth seed Brockport in the SUNYAC Finals on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.