Fredonia outlasts Potsdam women, 67-60
POTSDAM, N.Y.- The SUNY Potsdam women's basketball (1-5, 0-2 SUNYAC) battled to a tough 67-60 loss to SUNY Fredonia (2-5, 1-1 SUNYAC) Saturday afternoon at Jerry Welsh Gymnasium. Junior guard Riley Luckie (Ogdensburg, N.Y./Ogdensburg) led the Bears with 19 points and four assists, while freshman forward Nicole Hansen (Fulton, N.Y./G. Ray Bodley) grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Senior forward Alisha Szumigala (Forestville, N.Y./Forestville) recorded a double-double with 19 points and 16 boards for the Blue Devils.
Senior guard Jacque Law (Lime Lake, N.Y./Pioneer) nailed a three to start off the contest for Fredonia, but Luckie wasted zero time and answered with a free throw and one of her own 3-pointers to take the early lead. The teams battled back-and-forth throughout the first with neither team holding the lead for very long. Luckie had seven of the Bears' 11 points during the quarter with senior forward Emily Drake (Athens, N.Y./Coxsackie-Athens) and fellow senior forward Keme Fofana (Bronx, N.Y./AECI Charter H.S.) each chipping in a layup. The Blue Devils held the slight two point lead after the first 10 minutes of play.Both teams's offenses erupted in the second quarter with Potsdam scoring 24 and Fredonia close behind with 23. Six different Bears helped in the scoring effort including six points each from sophomore guard Drew Dufrane (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool, freshman guard Mikayla Horton (Hammond, N.Y./Hammond) and Luckie. Three Blue Devils accounted for their 23 points including Szumigala with 10 points, junior forward Jenna Einink (Westfield, N.Y./Chautauqua Lake) with five and junior guard Justice Nauden (Albion, N.Y./Charles D'Amico) added eight.
Close play continued into the third quarter, with the foul line coming into play for Fredonia. The Blue Devils went 7-for-8 from the line, which contributed to their 12 points. Two layups and two big shots from behind the arc kept the Bears right with Fredonia, but the Blue Devils had a two point lead heading into the fourth.
Freshman guard Alexis Davis (Brooklyn, N.Y./Williamsburg H.S. Architecture & Design) handled the scoring for Potsdam with six points through the first 3 minutes of play. Hansen drained a three followed by a free throw from Luckie to tie the contest at 56 with 5:36 remaining. Fredonia answered with an 11-4 run to close out the game and take the 67-60 win.
Davis finished with nine points and five boards, while Dufrane chipped in eight points and handed out four assists. Horton rounded out the leaders with six points, three steals and five rebounds.
Einink put up 13 points and grabbed six rebounds, while Nauden recorded 16 points. Freshman guard Sydney Turley (Cheetowaga, N.Y./Cleveland-Chili) finished her night with eight boards for the Blue Devils.
Potsdam is back on Tuesday when they travel down Route 11 to battle St. Lawrence at 6 p.m.