MARCY, N.Y. – Morrisville State College used a strong fourth quarter Saturday afternoon to top Lancaster Bible College 60-50 in the second semifinal of the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) women's basketball championship tournament, held on the campus of SUNY Polytechnic, advancing to the title game for a second time in the last three seasons. Morrisville State doubled up the Chargers 18-9 in the final quarter en route to the win.
Morrisville State (20-7) will face rival SUNY Polytechnic at 2 p.m. tomorrow on the campus of SUNY Poly. The Wildcats defeated College of St. Elizabeth 78-50 to advance for a second straight season.
Three collected double figures for the Mustangs on the day, including Jordan Anderson (West Edmeston, N.Y.) who led the way with 12 points, adding seven assists and four rebounds.
Charlotte Walker (Middle Island, N.Y.) and Marissa Woodard (Unadilla, N.Y.) each added 10, combining for 14 rebounds, while teammate Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) contributed nine points and four rebounds to the win.
Morrisville State led 42-41 after three quarters, and opened the final frame with a 9-0 run kicked off by a three-pointer on the baseline by Kaitlyn Griffin (Brewerton, N.Y.) less than a minute into the final frame.
After Lancaster Bible was able to cut the lead to seven, Allison Chase (Weedsport, N.Y.) regained the double digit lead with 3:58 remaining for the Mustangs, draining the long ball from the top of the key for the 54-44 lead.
Back-to-back free throws by the Chargers Courtney Goyak cut the Mustang lead to eight, but Morrisville State began to attack the paint, hitting Woodard on two straight possessions for a 12 point lead with 1:16 to go.
Goyak was sent to the line with just under a minute to go, where she hit two, but Anderson found Kilmartin on the ensuing Morrisville State possession for a layup on the left side to put the game away and send the Mustangs to the championship round.
Morrisville State shot 42.4% on the day, hitting 25-of-59 shots, while the Chargers struggled from the floor, hitting just 35.8% on 19-of-53 opportunities.
Roles were reversed from the previous meeting between the two teams, where Morrisville State dominated play in the paint this time around, outscoring Lancaster Bible a game total 38-28, while getting contribution off the bench in a 16-4 advantage over the South top seed.
Morrisville State meets SUNY Polytechnic for a third time this season tomorrow. The Mustangs topped the Wildcats 67-60 on Poly's home court January 25th before Poly avenged the loss with a 75-64 decision February 1st. The winner will earn the conference's automatic qualifier to the NCAA Division III 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.