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Rosbrook's big weekend helps women's basketball sweep

by Paul Cifonelli - Sports Editor
Wed, Feb 5th 2020 05:00 pm
Sophomore Kylee Rosbrook gets inside position with the ball against two Plattsburgh State defenders on Saturday, Feb. 1.The day before, Rosbrook became the sixth player in program history to have 20 rebounds in a single game.
Sophomore Kylee Rosbrook gets inside position with the ball against two Plattsburgh State defenders on Saturday, Feb. 1.The day before, Rosbrook became the sixth player in program history to have 20 rebounds in a single game.

Sometimes in basketball, you have a good game. Sometimes, you do not. Sometimes, it is debatable what type of performance you had. When sophomore forward Kylee Rosbrook had a 24-point, 21-rebound performance on Friday, Jan. 31, she did not think it was her best game of the year.

“It wasn’t even like I played that well,” Rosbrook said. “I just had the size advantage and my coach [Corinne Jones] told us before the game started that I should go in and dominate the boards and inside [offensively]. So it wasn’t like I had a phenomenal game. I just did what I was supposed to do and what the team needed.”

Regardless of whether she played well or not, Rosbrook’s performance was one for the record books. She became the sixth player in program history to grab at least 20 rebounds in a game and her 21 boards tied her for third on the list. Rosbrook also came within one point of her career-high, which she set earlier this season.

Rosbrook’s big game led The College at Brockport women’s basketball team to a 72-59 win over SUNY Potsdam. The Golden Eagles trailed for just 67 seconds in the game, and Potsdam never led by more than one point. Brockport won every quarter and had an answer every time the Bears got close.

Freshman forward Serena Sordetto added 11 points for Brockport in the victory. Sophomore guard Chelsea Henry and junior guard Julianna Taylor each grabbed nine rebounds, while Henry scored nine points and Taylor had seven. Sophomore forward Allison Chiera also added nine points and 10 rebounds.

Brockport’s game the next day against Plattsburgh State went much differently. Brockport and Plattsburgh went back and forth in the first half, with a late 10-2 run giving the Golden Eagles a 10-point lead at halftime.

Brockport led by as many as 12 points in the third quarter but squandered that lead in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals went on a 25-7 run after the Golden Eagles got their biggest lead of the game to take a 5-point lead. During Brockport’s collapse, Plattsburgh simply got back to doing what they were good at, according to Jones.

“They [Plattsburgh] just go hard,” Jones said. “They rebound hard. They happened to not do that in the first half, but they did it in the second. We knew [the comeback] was coming, we just didn’t do a great job of being consistent on the glass and we turned over the ball too much.”

Once the Golden Eagles got down by five, senior guard Bailey Pratt and Henry both hit a three pointer which sandwiched a two pointer from Plattsburgh. Freshman guard Erin Radack drilled a three with 22 seconds left in the game to put Brockport up for good. The Golden Eagles went on to win 55-51 and secure their second conference win in as many days.

Rosbrook once again had a good day rebounding the ball, ripping down 12 more to give her 33 for the weekend. She only finished with six points in the game. Chiera also had double digit rebounds for the second day in a row, collecting 11 of them. Henry led the Golden Eagles with 11 points, while Taylor and Pratt had 10 apiece. Freshman guard Anna Felice also hit a big three pointer in the first half and finished with seven points.

After the two wins, Brockport sits at 8—10 overall and 5—6 in SUNYAC play. The most important part of the weekend sweep of Potsdam and Plattsburgh is that the Golden Eagles now hold tiebreakers over both teams. The Bears and Cardinals both sit at 3—8 in league games and are fighting for the sixth spot in the SUNYAC Tournament.

Despite Brockport’s recent struggles against the top teams in the SUNYAC, Jones still feels as though her team is playing well heading into the final stretch of conference games.

“I really do think we’re playing well,” Jones said. “And if our players see the wins while we’re playing well, not that we played great today, our players will start to get more confidence down the stretch here.”

The next time the Golden Eagles will take the court is on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8. Brockport will travel to face SUNY Oneonta on Friday and SUNY New Paltz on Saturday.

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