(Canton, N.Y.)- Senior forward Kaitlin Myers (Dannemora, N.Y.) went out with a bang on Saturday as she posted a remarkable triple-double in her final home game, as the SUNY Canton women’s basketball team beat the University of Maine at Fort Kent 55-48.
Myers scored 18 points, hauled in 24 rebounds and blocked 13 shots in a dominating defensive display. Myers nearly reached the incredible feat by halftime as she collected 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks in the first 20 minutes. She finished 7-for-12 from the field, a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line, and she also made three steals in 39 minutes. She left the game with under a minute to go to a standing ovation from her teammates and fans.
Prior to the game, Myers and senior forward Brittany Crump (North Lawrence, N.Y.) were both honored and recognized along with their parents.
SUNY Canton opened the game on a 6-1 run on two baskets from Myers and one from junior Joelle Percy (Black River, N.Y.). The Roos stretched their lead into double digits when Percy made a steal and junior Alicia Uhlein (Watertown, N.Y.) converted a layup to make the score 18-7 with 8:02 on the clock. Fort Kent trimmed the lead down to 19-14 with just over five minutes remaining, but the Roos scored back-to-back jumpers and led 23-16 at the half.
SUNY Canton pushed the lead back into double figures midway through the second half, and extended their advantage to as much as 16 points, 37-21, following a floating jumper in the paint from Corrine Riegel (Bainbridge, N.Y.) with 9:59 remaining in the contest.
The Bengals chipped away at the lead and narrowed the gap to 49-43 with 1:13 left, but Percy, who was in a shooting slump the past two games, calmly sank two free throws followed by two more from Myers to secure the win for SUNY Canton.
Freshman Karyss Terrance (Hogansburg, N.Y.) scored 10 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for her fifth double-double. Percy finished with 14 points and five steals. Uhlein totaled six points, eight assists, five rebounds, and four steals. Rielge ended with three points and four boards, and freshman Brianna Sayer (Hermon, N.Y.) contributed four points and four rebounds.
Jennifer Colpitts led the Bengals with 20 points and six rebounds. Taylor Boucher knocked down three 3-pointers and added 11 points and four rebounds.