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Women's basketball falls twice, remains in fifth place

by Paul Cifonelli - Sports Editor
Wed, Feb 12th 2020 10:00 am
Junior Zaria McCullough dives for a loose ball against Plattsburgh State on Saturday, Jan. 11. Brockport lost to SUNY Oneonta and SUNY New Paltz on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, respectively. Both games were on the road.
Junior Zaria McCullough dives for a loose ball against Plattsburgh State on Saturday, Jan. 11. Brockport lost to SUNY Oneonta and SUNY New Paltz on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, respectively. Both games were on the road.

Entering its games on Friday, Feb. 7, and Saturday, Feb. 8, The College at Brockport women’s basketball team had a chance to strengthen its hold on fifth place in the SUNYAC. SUNY Oneonta and SUNY New Paltz, respectively, stood in the way of that and applied some added pressure for Brockport in its final regular season games.

Both teams defeated the Golden Eagles earlier in the season, with Brockport trailing almost start-to-finish to Oneonta and blowing a lead against New Paltz. This past weekend, the Golden Eagles reversed those outcomes.

In the tilt with Oneonta, the Red Dragons jumped out to an early lead and managed to hold onto it for the majority of the first half. Most of the second quarter saw the deficit for Brockport sit between two and five points, and it even took a brief 1-point lead.

It seemed as though the Golden Eagles broke through in the third quarter, capturing the lead and maintaining it for most of the frame. Brockport’s lead got to as much as six during its run. The third quarter scoring effort was spearheaded by senior guard Bailey Pratt, who scored 13 points, including three made 3-pointers during that time.

Four minutes into the fourth quarter, Brockport gave up the lead. Oneonta took over after that and controlled the remainder of the game. The Red Dragons were able to keep their lead between four and six for the final few minutes and pulled out a 73-65 win.

The loss for Brockport was another conference win that slipped away. There were two main reasons the Golden Eagles were not able to hold onto their advantage.

“In the end, it just came down to defense and rebounding,” Pratt said. “As a whole, we didn’t take as much pride in our one-on-one defense as we should’ve. They also got second chance opportunities that they capitalized on down the stretch.”

Pratt led the way with 23 points, including six made 3-pointers. Junior guard Julianna Taylor added 14 points and five assists. Freshman guard Erin Radack knocked down a big 3-pointer in the third quarter and ended the game with seven points.

The next day, Brockport and New Paltz played even for the first 10 minutes, with the Hawks staking their claim to a 14-12 lead. The second quarter was just as close, as both teams scored 10 points in the frame. Radack led the Golden Eagles with 10 points in the half.

Despite the close first half, New Paltz dominated the final two quarters. The Hawks won the second half 36-22 and held Brockport to 10-34 from the field in the second half. Once the final buzzer sounded, New Paltz claimed the season sweep of Brockport with a 60-44 victory.

Radack led Brockport’s scoring efforts with 19 points in the loss, while freshman forwards Serena Sordetto and Riqiya Harris finished as the next highest scorers for the Golden Eagles. Sordetto contributed eight points and seven rebounds, while Harris had six points and 10 boards. 

Both games against Oneonta and New Paltz were even for at least the first half, then the hosts took over at the end of the game. Instead of dwelling on the losses, Brockport has already turned the page and focused on its upcoming games.

“We are onto the next one already,” Taylor said. “You don’t get anything out of looking back wishing you could’ve done something different. We will take the next week day by day and focus in practice to keep getting better and fixing the little things that need to be adjusted.”

Brockport’s next game against SUNY Geneseo will be very important toward getting a spot in the SUNYAC Tournament. There are two things that need to be improved in order to find success in the final stretch of the regular season.

“For these last few games, it’s going to come down to defense and rebounding,” Pratt said. “All teams have nights where they shoot great and nights where they can’t seem to make anything, so it’s about focusing on the controllables. We also need to limit turnovers and value possessions to start winning these close games. Lastly, we need to stay together as a team. Through the bad and the good we have each other’s backs and, if we keep that mentality, no one will stop us.”

Brockport will host Geneseo on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m.

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