MARCY, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women's basketball team netted a huge North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) win Saturday afternoon, capturing the 66-64 cross town victory in the final seconds of play to complete the comeback over previously conference unbeaten SUNY Polytechnic.
The win lifts the Mustangs to 9-8 on the season, 8-2 within conference action. SUNY Poly drops their first NEAC outing of the season, falling to 8-1, and 12-6 overall.
Sophomore guard Tori Rockefeller (Bloomville, N.Y.) led visiting Morrisville State for a third time in as many games, netting a contest high 24 points as she drained 6-of-9 from beyond the arc. Rockefeller added three assists to her tallies on the day, while teammate Alexis Campbell (Buffalo, N.Y.) contributed 12 points to go along with six assists and three steals.
Marissa Woodard (Unadilla, N.Y.) and Haley Kilmartin (Fort Plain, N.Y.) wrapped up the Mustang scoring leaderboard with 10 points each, Kilmartin contributing an all-around effort with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Savannah Hobbie (South Kortright, N.Y.) guided Morrisville State to a 36-28 advantage over the Wildcats on the glass, snagging a game high 10, while posting four steals.
Khristaijah Jackson led the SUNY Poly efforts with 23 points and seven rebounds, while Kiersten Leos contributed 16 points and three steals to go along with four rebounds. Rylie Smith added 11 points.
Poly held the 21-16 advantage after the first, opening with a 7-0 run before the Mustangs found their offensive rhythm. A three from Rockefeller closed the gap to just one with just under four to play in the opening quarter, but the Wildcats outscored Morrisville State 10-6 over the final 3:38 of the contest to carry the five point lead into the second.
The Mustangs closed the gap to four early on in the second quarter, but went cold over the next three minutes as Poly broadened their lead to 13 with 4:35 remaining in the half.
Back-to-back three's by Campbell and Kilmartin cut the deficit to seven, and they were able to close the gap to just three with a long ball from Rockefeller, but Poly hit three from the free throw line to carry the 41-35 advantage into the break.
The tables turned in the third quarter and Morrisville State went on a 13-0 run, held the hosts scoreless for over six minutes, and claimed their first lead of the contest. Poly closed the gap to three with two free throws from Jackson, but within moments, the Mustangs again were ahead eight after Campbell hit one from down town.
Morrisville State entered the fourth with a 53-50 lead, collecting 11 points in the third off eight Wildcat turnovers and six off second chance opportunities.
The fourth saw the lead chance four times, including a two-point host lead with under a minute to go in the contest.
With 15 seconds to go, Campbell found a wide open lane on the right to the net and tied the contest for a fifth time, 64-64, but on the ensuing play, Poly attempted to kick the ball the right wing in their offensive zone and was intercepted by Hobbie who found Kilmartin at the opposite end.
Kilmartin made a move to net and in the process of shooting was fouled and sent to the free throw line for two with 1.7 seconds remaining in the contest. Kilmartin swished both for the 66-64 lead, and eventual win.
Morrisville State hit 42.9% from long range on the afternoon, 44.6% overall across all four quarters.
They return to the court tomorrow, hosting SUNY Delhi at 4 p.m. for a non-conference contest.
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 & World Report Best Colleges 2018 issue and was also recognized in the Top Public Schools, Regional Colleges North in the 2018 Best Colleges rankings. For more information about Morrisville State College, visit www.morrisville.edu.