MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Junior guard Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) had the hot hand Wednesday evening as her game high 38 points sent the host Morrisville State College women's basketball team past visiting Route 20 Rival Cazenovia by a dominating 96-60 final in Morrisville.
Morrisville State improves to 6-3 overall with the victory, 3-1 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play.
Kilmartin set a new school record in the process, nailing 10-of-13 three-pointers, while shooting a game total 13-of-18 from the floor. She added four rebounds, three assists and three steals to her tallies on the day.
Teammate Tori Rockefeller (Bloomville, N.Y.) contributed 21 points off the bench, to go along with four stelas and three assists, while Charlotte Walker (Middle Island, N.Y.) rounded out the Mustang scoring leaderboard with 12 points, adding a team high seven rebounds.
Allison Chase (Weedsport, N.Y.) also contributed seven rebounds and dished out six assists, while netting seven points.
Three posted double figures for the Wildcats in their efforts, including Skylar Girard who led Cazenovia with a 17 point, four rebound effort. Alexis Tubbs contributed 16 in the loss, while teammate Kelli Shepardson added 10 to go along with a Wildcat high six rebounds.
Morrisville State came out of the gates fast and furious in the opening quarter, and used a mid-quarter 10-0 run to build up a double digit advantage, all coming off the hand of Kilmartin, for the 25-12 first quarter lead.
Kilmartin collected 18 of her points from long range, hitting 6-of-8 attempts from beyond the arc in the opening frame.
Morrisville State took advantage of Cazenovia's miscues and capitalized for 12 additional points, including back-to-back buckets by Rockefeller for the 16-point lead, their largest of the first frame.
Cazenovia maintained pace with the Mustangs in the second, and climbed within 12, but that's the closest they would get as the hosts extended their lead to 16 with the 48-32 halftime lead.
The Mustangs opened the third quarter with a 13-2 run to open the contest up to a dominating 26 point lead, and increased it to as many as 31 on a long ball by Chase late in the quarter, before sending it into the final frame with a convincing 74-47 advantage.
The final quarter proved to be too much for the visitors to handle as Morrisville State continued its offensive assault and put the game out of reach, collecting the dominating 36 point win.
Kilmartin collected 11 of her second half 16 points in the final frame, including the record setting three that came with 1:11 to go in the contest.
Morrisville State took advantage of Cazenovia miscues throughout the contest, racking up 37 points off 25 turnovers, and dominated the Wildcats in the paint, outscoring the visitors 32-18.
Cazenovia, who struggled to get offense out of its bench play, scored just three, while Morrisville State added 32.
The Mustangs finished the contest shooting 52.7% from the floor, including 46.9% from beyond the arc. Cazenovia hit 21-of-55 attempts for 38.2%, adding 10 three's of their own.
Morrisville State returns to the court Saturday, traveling to non-conference SUNY Canton for the first of two straight non-league games.
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.