MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Host Morrisville State College women's basketball team advanced to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) semifinals for a third straight season Tuesday evening, downing visiting Keuka College (14-10) by a 66-49 final in the opening round of the league tournament.
Morrisville State (19-7) will face Lancaster Bible College Saturday, February 25th at 4 p.m. on the campus of SUNY Polytechnic in Marcy. Lancaster Bible defeated Penn State Abington 73-70 in double-overtime Tuesday night to advance to the semis.
Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) led the Mustang charge with 20 points on the night, hitting 4-of-8 from long range while adding seven rebounds and two steals to her tallies. Charlotte Walker (Middle Island, N.Y.) had an 18 point outing for the Mustangs, snagging seven rebounds, while teammate Tori Rockefeller (Bloomville, N.Y.) contributed 10 points and three assists in the win.
Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) dished out a team best eight assists, adding nine points and five steals.
Lauren Anten led the Wolves efforts with 24 points.
Morrisville State led 13-12 after the opening quarter before outscoring Keuka 15-5 in the second to take a 28-17 lead into the halftime break.
Keuka was able to pull within six late in the third, but Morrisville State went on a 7-2 run over the final four minutes of play to carry the 11 point advantage into the final quarter of play.
The Wolves again were able to pull within six minutes into the final frame, but Kilmartin hit back-to-back three's to regain the double digit lead for the hosts, and Allison Chase (Weedsport, N.Y.) added another to increase the Mustang lead to 15 with six minutes to go.
Keuka was able to put together a 6-0 run to close the gap to 12, but it wasn't enough as Morrisville State ran away with the victory down the stretch to advance to the next round of the tournament.
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.