Women’s Hoops Rallies Past SUNYIT
February 9, 2013
Another big matchup between the Keuka College women’s basketball team and rival SUNYIT, and another late-game, dramatic win for the Storm.
Junior Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney) scored 26 points while sinking five ‘3s’ and classmate Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) added 18 points and seven assists as the Storm (18-2, 15-1 North Eastern Athletic Conference) closed out the game on an 8-0 run to win their 12th straight game, 87-80 Saturday afternoon in Marcy, NY.
Senior Mariah Mouzon (Elmira, NY/Elmira Free Academy) added 16 points and eight rebounds, junior Casey Chamberlain (Perry, NY/Perry) had 13 points and sophomore Erica Pendrak (Utica, NY/New York Mills) added 10 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Keuka.
The Storm, who clinched first place in the NEAC North, have now won seven straight vs. SUNYIT, and 10 of the last 11 matchups.
With her 16-point game, Mouzon sits 18 points shy of becoming just the 10th student-athlete in school history to eclipse 1,000 career points.
SUNYIT led 34-23 with six minutes remaining after a layup from Geena Gallo, but the Green and Gold fought back and used a 13-2 run to pull even at 36. Pendrak made a pair of free throws, Gravel had a jumper, Chamberlain made a lay-in and Gravel made a ‘3’to slice the lead to 36-32 with 2:46 remaining in the opening half.
Senior Montana McDonald (Romulus, NY/Romulus) knocked down a jumper, then got a steal and fed Chamberlain for a fast-break basket to tie the score at 36 with 2:03 remaining.
Despite 20 first-half points from Gravel, including four ‘3s’ while connecting on 6 of 12 shots from the floor, IT would take a 44-39 halftime lead.
Trailing 47-46, Chamberlain buried a ‘3’ and Mouzon and Pendrak each made layups for a 53-47 lead four minutes into the half.
Gravel made another three-pointer, Bandrowski had a layup and Gravel made a pair of free throws for a 64-58 lead with 10:11 to play, but the Wildcats responded with an 8-0 surge to take a 66-64 lead.
Emily Alicea hit a jumper to put IT up 70-69 with 5:34 remaining before Mouzon hit a jumper and Bandrowski drained a ‘3’ for a 74-70 lead.
IT’s Lyndsey Brognano answered with a ‘3’ of her own to slice the Storm lead to one, but Pendrak followed with a ‘3’ to restore the four-point lead.
That’s when IT’s Abbey Hanahan took over, scoring seven straight points to stake the Wildcats to an 80-79 lead with 2:02 remaining, but from there it was all Storm.
Gravel hit a free throw to tie the score at 80, then Bandrowski intercepted a pass and converted the fast-break layup for an 82-80 lead. Following a steal by Gravel, Bandrowski hit a pair of free throws for an 84-80 lead with 19 seconds remaining.
Pendrak went 1-for-2 while Mouzon was 2-for-2 at the free-throw line to close out the win. Keuka outscored IT 48-36 in the second half, shooting 51.6 percent (16-for-31).
Mouzon shot 7-for-9 from the field while Gravel was 5-for-11 on three-pointers and 7-for-8 on free throws. She added 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals.
Hanahan led IT with 23 points while Brognano added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Wildcats.
Keuka hits the road for a 6 p.m. non-conference clash with SUNY Geneseo Tuesday night before closing out the regular season with a 1 p.m. game against Wells College on Feb. 16. Keuka defeated Wells 73-56 on Jan. 16.
Live stats from Geneseo are available at http://www.geneseo.edu/athletics/blue-knights-live, while a live streaming video feed can be watched at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/sunygeneseobasketball.
Live stats from Wells are available at http://livestats.prestosports.com/wells.