MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – After a dismal start to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) opener, host Morrisville State College women's basketball fought back from an 11-point deficit in the second quarter to top visiting Keuka College 62-50 Wednesday night in Morrisville.
The win lifts Morrisville State to 3-2 overall, 1-0 in conference play. Keuka drops to 1-2, 0-1 in NEAC action.
Charlotte Walker (Middle Island, N.Y.) led all scorers with 17 points on the night, adding five rebounds, while teammate Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) narrowly missed a triple double, contributing 16 points, eight assists and seven steals to the conference win.
Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) rounded out the Mustang leaderboard with 11 points and 10 rebounds, adding three steals.
Katie Stuart led Keuka's efforts with 13 points, adding eight rebounds, while teammate Lauren Anten added 11, in addition to three steals, in the loss.
Morrisville State was slow to get out of the gate on the night, mustering a total five points in the opening quarter while Keuka collected 12.
The Wolves increased their lead to double digits in the second, before the hosts chipped away and made it a five point game at the break after Allison Chase (Weedsport, N.Y.) nailed a three from the top of the key as time was winding down to give the Mustangs momentum at the half.
Morrisville State opened the third quarter with a 6-0 run to make it a one point game just two minutes in, before Anderson gave the Mustangs the lead for good with a free throw at the 6:14 mark, igniting an 8-0 spurt that extended the host lead to seven.
The Mustangs increased their lead to as many as 16 in the final quarter, a deficit that the visitors were unable to overcome, as the hosts captured the 62-50 win.
Morrisville State, who started the first quarter with eight turnovers, were able to force a game total 29 Wolves miscues, resulting in 28 points. The hosts also dominated the paint, doubling up Keuka in scoring, 40-20, and held the slim 45-42 advantage on the glass.
The Mustangs finished the night shooting 38.1% from the floor, and struggled from the free throw line, hitting just 12-of-29 attempts.
Morrisville State returns to the floor Saturday, traveling to Route 20 Rival Cazenovia for a 1 p.m. tip in Cazenovia.
Morrisville State College's curricula are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology and has been lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs.
The college was ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the North by U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges 2016 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2016 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.