Big Weekend for Basketball Teams
January 25, 2013
Keuka College’s men’s and women’s basketball teams will each host a pair of North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) games this weekend as the Storm look to improve their standings in the conference.
Keuka’s women (11-2, 8-1 NEAC) currently sit in first place in the NEAC North standings, and the Storm welcome second-place SUNYIT (8-5, 6-1) to the Weed Physical Arts Center for a huge 1 p.m. game Saturday afternoon.
The men (7-9, 5-3 NEAC) currently reside in second in the NEAC North, and will host SUNYIT (5-11, 3-3) at 3 p.m. Saturday.
On Sunday, SUNY Cobleskill comes to campus, with the women playing at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3 p.m. Admission to all home games is free, so come out to the Weed to support the Storm.
For fans unable to make the trek to Keuka Park, live stats will be available during every home basketball game by visiting www.KeukaStorm.com/live-stats.
Coming into the weekend, the Storm’s women’s basketball team had an impressive showing during Wednesday night’s 90-70 road win over Cazenovia College.
Senior Mariah Mouzon (Elmira, NY/Elmira Free Academy) posted her fifth double-double and sophomore Brittany Hadley (Jasper, NY/Jasper-Troupsburg) scored a career-high 14 points as Keuka set a season-best for points scored.
Mouzon scored 18 points with 10 rebounds while junior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) scored a season-high 27 points with 8 rebounds, 6 steals and 4 assists in the win over the Wildcats.
Sophomore Erica Pendrak (Utica, NY/New York Mills) added 9 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds as Keuka outrebounded Cazenovia 45-35.
Keuka handed SUNYIT three losses in 2011-12, including a 66-63 win in the NEAC championship game as the Storm earned their fourth NCAA appearance in the last six years. The Green and Gold were the only NEAC opponent to defeat SUNYIT in the 2011-12 season.
After a 2-5 start, SUNYIT is on a six-game winning streak, all against conference opponents, with an average margin of victory of nearly 22 points during that span. The Wildcats are led by Lyndsey Brognano’s NEAC leading 19.4 ppg and Abbey Hanahan’s 14.4 ppg.
Cobleskill has won four of its last six NEAC games after a 0-3 start. The Tigers are led by Heidi Anderson (13.1 ppg) and Kady Porterfield (13.0 ppg).
Keuka won the year’s first contest between the two teams, 68-43, and has won six of the last seven meetings, including a 50-48 NEAC quarterfinal win last year that sparked the Storm to the NEAC title.
Meanwhile, the Storm’s men’s team also picked up a big road win Wednesday night against Cazenovia. The Storm shot a red-hot 62.5 percent (15-for-24) during a 45-point second half to knock off the Wildcats 82-68.
Sophomore Trevor Healey (Wethersfield, CT/Wethersfield) scored a career-high 29 points with 10 rebounds and senior Teddy Tuggles (Rochester, NY/Gates Chili) and freshman Vinney Zambito (Elba, NY/Batavia Notre Dame) each added 13 points in the win.
It was Healey’s fourth double-double, and third in the last four games.
Sophomore Jared Wagner (Pittsford, NY/McQuaid) added nine points and eight rebounds while Zambito snared seven rebounds for the Green and Gold.
SUNYIT is on a three-game win streak in the NEAC and is led by three student-athletes who average in double-figures: Desmian Greer (17.0 ppg), T’Andre Richardson (15.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg), and Ryan James (12.4 ppg). Greer and Richardson both rank in the top five in scoring in the NEAC. The Storm will look to avenge two close losses to the Wildcats last season.
Closing out the weekend for the men is a rematch with Cobleskill. The Storm emerged with an 82-69 overtime win on Dec. 8, as Keuka jumped out to a 30-19 lead, only to see the Tigers roar back and take a 66-63 lead with 20 seconds left.
That’s when senior Conor Boyer (East Rochester, NY/East Rochester) knocked down the first three-pointer of his career to force overtime, and the Storm dominated the extra session 16-3 to win their second-straight conference game. Tuggles scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime to spark the Storm.
Tyrone Mitchell (13.4 ppg), Mike Marcelin (11.5 ppg), and Kareem Bernard (10.0 ppg) all average in double-figures while Travis Woods leads the NEAC in field-goal percentage (60.6 %) for Cobleskill.
Keuka has claimed the last three matchups with Cobleskill by an average margin of 74-61.