BROCKPORT, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team (1-10, 0-5 SUNYAC) fell to the Brockport Golden Eagles (5-7, 2-2 SUNYAC) 68-59 Friday evening. Senior guard Katy Briedis led the Bears with 21 points, seven steals, and five assists.
Potsdam struggled to find a rhythm in the early stages of the first half. Brockport set the tone with a 6-0 run in the first three minutes of the game. Sophomore forward Bailey Weigel put the Bears on the board at the 16:34 mark with a mid range jumper. The Golden Eagles continued to soar as a pair of free throws by sophomore guard Phoebe Barnes gave Brockport the 12-3 advantage. Briedis answered the Golden Eagles when she slashed to the basket for a layup to spark Potsdam with 7:33 remaining. Sophomore guard Carli Reynolds continued the Bears momentum at the 7:15 mark with a layup and free throw to complete an old fashion three-point play. A quick basket by sophomore forward Margaret Wall and Briedis a minute later capped off a 9-0 Potsdam run. However, a late 8-0 Brockport charge put the Golden Eagles up 34-30 at the half.
Both teams battled back-and-forth throughout the beginning of the second stanza. The Bears continued to claw their way into contention. Junior forward Jessica Kouzan drilled a three with 15:45 remaining to tie the game at 42 all. Potsdam rode the momentum as Wall connected on a jump shot to give the Bears their first lead of the game at the 13:53 mark. Brockport was able to reclaim a 55-54 lead with 7:52 remaining behind a jumper by sophomore forward Cecilia Sigrist. The Bears went on a five-minute scoring drought but were able to tie the game at 56 a piece with a basket from senior forward Adedoyin Akingba. A final push by the Golden Eagles in the remaining two minutes of the contest forced Potsdam to foul. Brockport was able to close out the game on a 10-0 run to seal the 68-59 victory.
Potsdam struggled from the floor, shooting 35% and 18% from beyond the arc. Brockport held the advantage in rebounds with 46 to the Bears 39. Weigel finished with 13 points and five boards. Kouzan nearly missed double digits with nine points and eight rebounds.
Junior guard Alexandra Marshall led the Golden Eagles with 21 points and eight boards. Sigrist tallied 12 points. Senior guard Ellen Story and freshman forward Meg Stucko each totaled 10 points.
The Bears are back in action tomorrow when they travel to SUNY Geneseo for their final SUNYAC contest of the weekend at 2 p.m.