Lady Wildcats Drop Second Straight with 89-85 Loss to Harrisburg
UTICA, NY – The SUNYIT women’s basketball team suffered its second conference loss in as many days, falling to the visiting Penn State Harrisburg Nittany Lions 89-85 at the Campus Center Gymnasium Sunday. The Lady Wildcats fell to 6-2 in the NEAC and 7-3 overall, while Harrisburg improved to 5-3 in the conference and 6-5 overall.
It was a hard-fought battle between the two sides, as a total of 46 personal fouls were called in the contest, with both teams sinking 25 free throws a piece. Turnovers would doom the Wildcats though, as they committed 25 on the day, with 14 coming in the first half despite shooting 52 percent from the field and holding Harrisburg to 36 percent shooting to go into the break up just six, 42-36.
Eleven more turnovers would come in the second half for SUNYIT, which Harrisburg turned into 11 points and would ultimately be the difference in the contest as the Lions outscored SUNYIT by 10 points in the half, 53-43. The Wildcats would quickly build a 10-point lead early in the second half, but Harrisburg rallied to tie the game at 54 all with 15:30 remaining. The game would be tied again at 65 all seven minutes later and the lead would continue to change hands over the next two minutes until Harrisburg took the lead for good with 5:15 left on a layup by Daril Foose, who scored 15 of her 17 points in the half.
After the Lions built their lead to as high as nine points, SUNYIT got within three points on a 3-pointer by sophomore Lyndsey Brognano (Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy) with 49 seconds left, but another two points by Foose on Harrisburg’s next possession put them back up four and would essentially seal the win for the Lions.
Brognano finished with 20 points and four assists for the Wildcats, while senior Taylor Topping (Bronx, NY/Preston) posted game highs of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Kwanisha Jones (San Antonio, TX/Indian River) had a game high nine assists and sophomore Ashley Schmidt (Camden, NY/Camden) finished with six points and six rebounds.
Miranda Zeanchock led Harrisburg with 18 points, while Amanda Moyer registered 14 points and seven rebounds and Dorthea Dixon added 12 points.
The Wildcats will look to rebound this Wednesday when they host NEAC rival Wells College at 5:00 pm.
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