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Women's basketball enters SUNYAC Tournament at six seed

by Paul Cifonelli - Sports Editor
Wed, Feb 26th 2020 12:00 pm
Head women's basketball coach Corinne Jones addresses her team before its game on Saturday, Feb. 15, against SUNY Geneseo. The Golden Eagles are entering the SUNYAC Tournament as the sixth and final seed.
Head women's basketball coach Corinne Jones addresses her team before its game on Saturday, Feb. 15, against SUNY Geneseo. The Golden Eagles are entering the SUNYAC Tournament as the sixth and final seed.

In a year full of ups and downs for The College at Brockport women’s basketball team, this past weekend was just another example of that trend. With SUNY New Paltz’s win over SUNY Potsdam on Saturday, Feb. 22, Brockport had its spot in the SUNYAC Tournament locked up. However, the results of Friday’s games in the league made Saturday’s game at SUNY Oswego a must-win for Brockport.

On Friday, Feb. 21, Brockport could’ve clinched its place in the SUNYAC Tournament with a win over SUNY Cortland or a SUNY Oneonta win over Potsdam. Potsdam claimed a victory over Oneonta, so Brockport needed a victory to take the pressure off on Saturday.

Things did not go as planned for the Golden Eagles against the Red Dragons, as Cortland got out to an early lead and only trailed for a little over a minute after the end of the first quarter. Despite Cortland’s dominance in the first half, Brockport went into the break trailing by four.

It was the third quarter that did Brockport in. Cortland went on a 16-4 run during the frame and took control of the contest. The Red Dragons won the fourth quarter by four points and claimed a 70-50 victory.

Freshman forward Serena Sordetto led Brockport with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the game. Sordetto also went 7-8 from the free throw line. Freshman guard Anna Felice notched nine points for the Golden Eagles, while senior guard Bailey Pratt and junior guard Julianna Taylor had eight apiece. Sophomore guard Chelsea Henry added six rebounds against Cortland.

Henry was the second-leading rebounder in the game for Brockport and is the team’s third-leading rebounder on the season despite being the shortest player on the team.

“I have a chip on my shoulder, that ‘go get it’ mentality,” Henry said. “I have that competitive mindset of not letting anyone outwork me and I put that out on the floor every game. I’m a hustler and a competitor who likes to do the dirty work.”

The next day, Brockport needed a win. The Golden Eagles were taking on Oswego, the league’s bottom-dweller. Brockport dropped its first game of the year to the Lakers, so the game was not to be taken lightly because of the opponent.

Brockport and Oswego were very even early on, exchanging the lead seven times in the first 10 minutes. The second quarter was played almost just as evenly, but a 9-2 run from Brockport helped the Golden Eagles take a 3-point lead into halftime.

With just a 2-point lead near the end of the third quarter, Felice knocked down two 3-pointers to give the Golden Eagles an 8-point advantage. Brockport held a double digit lead for a lot of the fourth quarter and did not let Oswego get closer than six points. The Golden Eagles came away with an 81-73 win in the game.

Sophomore forward Kylee Rosbrook had a career-high 30 points for Brockport. She also grabbed 13 rebounds to secure the double-double. Henry added 14 points and Felice pitched in 11. Freshman guard Erin Radack stuffed the stat sheet for the Golden Eagles, scoring six points, collecting six rebounds and dishing out six assists.

Brockport’s first game of the SUNYAC Tournament was at SUNY Geneseo on Tuesday, Feb. 25. The Golden Eagles split the season series with Geneseo and handed the Knights one of their four losses on the season. Rosbrook believes that her team has the ability to pull off a couple more upsets and make a run at the SUNYAC title.

“We’re feeling confident that we can beat any of the top teams on Tuesday if we play the way we’re capable,” Rosbrook said. “If we lock up on defense and rebound we will be in the game for sure.”

If Brockport does take down Geneseo, it would move on to face Cortland again on Friday, Feb. 28. The SUNYAC Tournament championship game is on Saturday, Feb. 29. The last two rounds are at SUNY New Paltz.

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