Morrisville State women use second quarter to pull away from Keuka for win

Morrisville State women use second quarter to pull away from Keuka for win

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – Visiting Morrisville State College women's basketball used a 10-point advantage in the second quarter to pull away from host Keuka College Saturday afternoon, collecting the 76-49 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) over the Wolves in Keuka Park.

Morrisville State (13-5, 8-3 NEAC) sweeps the series over Keuka with the win, and returns to the court tomorrow at noon for another NEAC showdown with Wells College in Aurora.

Freshman Tori Rockefeller (Bloomville, N.Y.) came off the bench to lead Morrisville State in the win, netting 20 points on 4-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc, while senior captain Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) posted her second straight double-double with a 10 point and career high 15 assist outing. Anderson also registered six steals in the contest.

Marissa Woodard (Unadilla, N.Y.) and Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) collected 14 and 11 points, respectively, while combining for 13 rebounds as Morrisville State held the 37-35 edge on the glass across the contest.

Morrisville State got off to a slow start in the opening quarter, hitting just four shots from the floor in the first as the trailed the hosts by one heading into the second.

Both teams traded buckets throughout the first six minutes of the second quarter, with neither leading by more than three points at a time, before a three by Rockefeller followed by a layup propelled the Mustangs to a 12-4 run to close out the half and head into the locker room leading 34-25.

Rockefeller notched 15 of the team's 23 total points in the second, hitting 6-for-7 from the floor, including three from long range.

Morrisville State increased their lead to 11 early on in the third, before Keuka capitalized on missed shots by the Mustangs to put together a 6-0 spurt and make it a five point game with 7:39 to go in the quarter.

The Mustangs quickly turned the tables, though, and went on a 9-0 run of their own over the next three minutes, extending their lead to 14, before closing out the quarter with an 11-2 run for the commanding 62-38 lead.

Morrisville State dominated the paint in the third, outscoring the Wolves 12-2 and gaining eight additional points off turnovers.

The deficit proved too much for the hosts, who played nearly even with the Mustangs in the final quarter, as Morrisville State picked up the conference win.

Morrisville State shot a combined 71% between the second and third quarters from the floor, hitting 22-of-31 shots from the floor, including 7-of-11 from beyond the arc. They finished the contest hitting 50.8% on the day, holding Keuka to just 31% across all four quarters of play.

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