EARLY SECOND-HALF RUN LIFTS SAINT ROSE OVER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL, 61-54
Albany, N.Y. – Tyler Hansen scored 13 points in the second half to lead The College of Saint Rose to a 61-54 win over the Le Moyne College women's basketball team on Wednesday night in Northeast-10 Conference action at Daniel P. Nolan Gymnasium.
With the victory, the Golden Knights claim one-half point in the year-long "Upstate Challenge" between the two institutions. Through 12 contests, the Golden Knights lead six to four.
Freshman forward Lauren Price (Humble, Texas/Atascocita) led the Dolphins offensively with 13 points in 12 minutes off the bench, while registering five rebounds (four offensive). Sophomore forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) tallied 11 points and seven rebounds (four offensive), while freshman guard/forward Maggie Brown (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) had a game-high nine rebounds and scored nine points.
Hansen finished the contest with 14 points in 24 minutes off the bench. Gabie Polce also scored 14 points for the Golden Knights, while dishing out a game-high five assists, grabbing four rebounds, blocking two shots and recording two steals. Desiree Simmons tallied 11 points (eight in the second half) and three steals, while Jessica Walton scored 10 points.
The teams traded runs to open the contest. The Dolphins jumped out to a 7-0 lead over the opening 2:45 on a three-pointer by Greer and a pair of jumpers by Brown. The Golden Knights answered with 10 straight points over a span of 2:11. Polce had the first four points, while Walton followed with the next six points.
After Polce hit a jumper with 13:04 left to give the Golden Knights a 12-9 advantage, Price made three straight shots to give the Dolphins the three-point edge.
Saint Rose countered with nine points around a three-pointer by sophomore forward Tessa Pucello (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) to regain its three-point lead. Five players accounted for the nine points in the span
Le Moyne answered with an 8-2 run to take a 26-23 lead into the intermission. Junior guard Raven Short (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) had the first four points on a jumper and two free throws, while Brown followed with a pair of fast-break jumpers.
The Golden Knights opened the second half with a 17-4 outburst to take a double-digit lead 6:44 into the stanza. Simmons had six points around lay-ups by Maria Sanchez and Walton, while Hansen had the final seven on a jumper, a lay-up and a three-pointer.
The Dolphins responded with nine of the next 11 points over a span of two minutes to trim their deficit to three with 10:53 remaining. Price had a traditional three-point play, Greer followed with a fast-break lay-up off a steal, Price made a free throw and then Greer nailed a three-pointer.
Hansen answered with a three-pointer and Mariah Lesure converted a fast-break lay-up to push Saint Rose's lead back to eight points.
Following a jumper by senior guard Torie Lee (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) that pulled the Dolphins within 49-43 with 8:01 remaining, the Golden Knights scored eight of the next 10 points to take their largest lead of the game. Lesure had a traditional three-point play, Polce knocked down a jumper and then Hansen drained a three-pointer to beat the shot clock with 2:46 to play.
After junior guard Maddy McKnight (Springfield, Pa./Springfield) and Walton traded baskets, resulting in a 59-47 Saint Rose lead with 41 seconds left, the Dolphins scored seven points in a span of 19 seconds to pull within five, but ran out of time. Following Walton's jumper, McKnight made a lay-up with 30 seconds left, Greer followed with a three-pointer with 21 seconds left and then Lee made a lay-up with 11 seconds to play. Out of a Le Moyne timeout, the Golden Knights were able to get the ball to Polce, who was fouled and converted the two free throws to deliver the final score.
Le Moyne (5-15, 3-13 NE-10), which rallied for a 71-67 win over the Golden Knights on November 20, returns home to face Assumption College on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.