23-0 Second-Half Run Lifts Women’s Hoops
December 5, 2012
Junior guard Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) scored a season-best 21 points as the Keuka College women’s basketball team picked up its fourth straight win thanks to a 23-0 second-half run and defeated Morrisville State, 65-44 Wednesday night inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.
Bandrowski added six steals and three assists while classmate Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney) added 13 points and seven rebounds and senior Mariah Mouzon (Elmira, NY/Elmira Free Academy) added 14 points and five rebounds as the Storm (4-1, 1-0) won their North Eastern Athletic Conference opener.
Junior Taylor Szwec (Candor, NY/Candor) also chipped in with a game-high 10 rebounds and six assists as Keuka out-rebounded the Mustangs (0-7, 0-1) 43-34.
Keuka trailed 28-25 at halftime as the Mustangs shot 48 percent (12-for-25) while limiting the Green and Gold to just 32.3 percent (10-for-31).
The two rivals traded baskets, and Morrisville held a 34-30 lead before Keuka exploded for 23 unanswered points. Gravel knocked down a ‘3’ and Mouzon made a free throw to knot the score at 34-all with 14:08 remaining.
Sophomore Erica Pendrak (Utica, NY/New York Mills) made a layup to put Keuka ahead for good, 36-34, but the Storm weren’t done. Mouzon hit consecutive baskets and Bandrowski had a steal and a layup for a 42-34 lead.
Bandrowski scored eight points, Mouzon added seven and Gravel had six points during the spurt as Keuka took a 53-34 lead with 6:06 remaining and breezed to the win in its NEAC opener.
The Storm shot 33.3 percent (8-for-24) on three-pointers as Gravel and Bandrowski each made three ‘3s’.
Jennel Paul had 13 points and four assists and Courtney Purcell had nine points and five rebounds for Morrisville State.
Keuka returns to action with another NEAC contest, at 1 p.m. Saturday at SUNY Cobleskill. That is the Storm’s final game of 2012. The Green and Gold’s next home game is vs. Gallaudet University at 1 p.m. on Jan. 12, 2013.