November 20, 2012

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RALLIES FOR 71-67 WIN OVER SAINT ROSE

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WBB vs. Saint Rose - 11/20/12



Syracuse, N.Y. – Sophomore forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) hit a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:10 remaining to lead the Le Moyne College women's basketball team to a 71-67 victory over The College of Saint Rose on Tuesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Ted Grant Court.

With the victory, the Dolphins claim one-half point in the year-long "Upstate Challenge" between the two institutions. The other one-half point will be awarded to the winner of the February 6 meeting in Albany. Through 10 contests, the Golden Knights lead 5.5 to 3.5.

Sophomore guard Alex Marple (Wellsboro, Pa./Wellsboro) led the Dolphins with 17 points, establishing a new career high for the third straight game, while adding three assists and two rebounds. Greer and senior guard Torie Lee (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) each recorded 12 points, while Greer pulled down seven rebounds and tallied four steals and Lee grabbed five rebounds. Junior guard Maddy McKnight (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) was the fourth Dolphin in double-digits with 11 points, while adding five assists.

Tyler Hansen led the Golden Knights with a game-high 23 points to go along with six rebounds. Nicole Bini posted 13 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out four assists. Jessica Walton registered a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Mariah Lesure also had a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Following a three-pointer by McKnight at the 17:58 mark of the first half that pulled the Dolphins within 5-3, the Golden Knights rattled off 10 straight points. Bini started the run with a free throw, Maria Sanchez made a lay-up, Walton hit two free throws and then Hansen made a jumper and a three-pointer.

The Dolphins answered with seven straight points to close within 15-10 with 12:20 remaining in the half. Greer began the streak with a lay-up, Marple followed with a conventional three-point play and then freshman forward Maggie Brown (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) converted a lay-up.

Saint Rose countered with a 7-0 spurt of its own to regain a 12-point advantage with 8:24 left. Walton bookended the run with baskets around a three-pointer by Gabie Polce.

The teams then went back-and-forth over the final 8:14, with Saint Rose's lead bouncing between seven and 15 points and resulting in a 39-27 Saint Rose lead at the intermission. Brown and junior guard Raven Short (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) each accounted for four of Le Moyne's 17 points in the stretch, while Hansen had six of Saint Rose's 17 points and Bini added five.

After Lee and Hansen traded three-pointers to start the second half, the Dolphins tallied seven of the next eight points to get within 43-37 with 16:49 left in the contest. Lee made back-to-back lay-ups before McKnight hit a free throw and Greer knocked down a jump shot.

Bini answered with a jumper and Hansen followed with a three-pointer to extend Saint Rose's lead back to 11, but the Dolphins would answer with 16 of the next 18 points to take the lead for the first time. Lee registered a conventional three-point play to ignite the run, Marple followed with a three-pointer and a lay-up and then sophomore guard Maddie Hahesy (Erie, Pa./McDowell) converted a free throw to pull the Dolphins within 50-46 with 10:01 remaining. Marple then scored seven straight points on a jumper, a three-pointer and a lay-up to put the Dolphins in front, 53-50, with 8:03 to go.

The Golden Knights regained the lead with the game's next seven points. Hansen had a conventional three-point play and Walton followed with back-to-back lay-ups to put Saint Rose up 57-53 with 6:58 left.

Le Moyne answered with a lay-up by Greer and two free throws by Brown to tie the game for the second time.

After the teams traded baskets, leading to a 63-61 Saint Rose lead with 1:41 remaining, the Dolphins scored seven straight points to take the lead for good. Off a pass by Marple with the shot clock about to expire, Greer nailed a three-pointer from the right wing to put the Dolphins in front. McKnight and Marple each then converted a pair of free throws to extend the lead to 68-63 with 22 seconds left. After Bini and McKnight connected on two free throws each, Lesure made a lay-up to pull the Golden Knights within 70-67 with three seconds left, but Saint Rose was unable to get the ball back and McKnight made a free throw with just over two seconds left to end the game's scoring.

Le Moyne (2-1, 1-1 NE-10), which had dropped eight straight games to the Golden Knights, returns to the court on Sunday at New York Tech at 2:00 p.m.