MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women's basketball team used a 41 point second half to down visiting Wells College by a 67-54 final Wednesday evening in Morrisville, earning the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) victory on their home court.
Morrisville State keeps their playoff hopes alive with the win, improving their overall record to 16-7 to date on the season, 11-5 within conference action. Wells drops to 9-12 overall, 8-8 in NEAC play.
Tori Rockefeller (Bloomville, N.Y.) led Morrisville State with a career high 22 points, adding four rebounds, while teammate Marissa Woodard (Unadilla, N.Y.) contributed 14 to go along with a team best nine rebounds.
Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) registered 13 for the Mustangs, hitting four from beyond the arc, while adding four steals.
Senior Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) continued to create scoring opportunities for the hosts, dishing out 13 assists, to go along with her eight points and game total five assists.
Ashida Cooper led the Express efforts with a game high 28 points, collecting seven rebounds and assisting another five, while teammate Kamarie Maturine added 10 points to go along with 13 rebounds for the double-double performance.
Morrisville State trailed at the half 35-37 before exchanging leads seven times with the Express in the third quarter, including a three by Rockefeller with just over a minute remaining in the frame to carry the 43-41 lead into the fourth.
The Mustangs used an 11-4 run over the opening minutes of the final quarter to increase their lead to nine as Kilmartin capped off the run with one from long range to give the hosts the 52-43 advantage.
Cooper was able to cut the lead to seven for the Express, and a free throw by Carley Ryan made it a six point game, but a 9-2 offensive spurt by the Mustangs saw the lead increase to 13 with seconds remaining in regulation, one that wasn't relinquished for the remainder of the contest as they earned the series sweep with the 67-54 final.
Morrisville State shot 43.4% from the floor on the night, including a 8-for-13 (65.5%) effort in the final quarter, while holding Wells to a 36.2% effort across all periods.
The Mustangs held the 30-22 advantage in the paint over the visitors, pulling away in the final quarter as they outscored Wells 12-2 with their inside game.
Morrisville State returns to the court Friday evening, hosting Penn State Abington in a 5 p.m. NEAC contest. They wrap up their regular season schedule Saturday, hosting Bryn Athyn at 1 p.m.
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.