CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women's basketball team withstood a late host rally, handing Route 20 Rival Cazenovia College 78-65 Saturday afternoon in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play in Cazenovia.
The win boosts Morrisville State to 4-2 overall, 2-0 in NEAC action, while Cazenovia drops to 1-5, 0-2 in conference play.
Guards Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) and Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) paced the Mustangs with 22 points each, combining for 18 rebounds, 11 assists and eight steals in the win. Anderson went 8-for-8 from the free throw line, and just missed a triple double as she snagged nine rebounds and dished out eight assists, while recording five steals.
Tori Rockefeller (Bloomville, N.Y.) added 14 points off the bench for Morrisville State, also snagging two rebounds, contributing to the win.
Kelli Shepardson led all scorers with 27, draining 4-of-5 from behind the arc, while adding five rebounds in the Cazenovia Wildcat efforts.
Morrisville State got a slow start out of the gates, trailing the hosts by five after the opening quarter, before shifting momentum and using a 16-1 run over the final six minutes of the half to build up a 13 point lead at the break.
The Mustangs outscored Cazenovia 24-6 in the second quarter alone, dominating play in the paint 16-4 and capitalizing on Wildcat turnovers to gain an additional 14 points off the hosts miscues. Morrisville State shot a stellar 68.8% from the floor in the quarter.
Cazenovia was able to cut the visitor lead to seven midway through the third quarter, but Morrisville State regained the double digit lead with a 6-0 offensive spurt over the final minute of the quarter and sent the game into the final frame with a 58-44 Mustang lead.
The Wildcats were again able to close the gap in the fourth quarter, hitting three straight from behind the arc to make it a four point game with just over five minutes remaining.
Cazenovia made a push late in the contest, cutting the deficit down to just six points, but Kilmartin nailed a one from long range, before Anderson, Savannah Hobbie (South Kortright, N.Y.) and Kaitlyn Griffin (Brewerton, N.Y.) sealed the win converting 4-of-6 free throws in the closing minute of the contest.
Morrisville State finished the contest shooting 41.2 percent from the floor, and forced 27 Cazenovia turnovers.
They return to the court Wednesday at SUNY Cobleskill for a 5 p.m. NEAC contest.
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.