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March 1, 2011

 

Player of the Year goes to Red Dragons’ Cohen

SUNY Cortland junior guard Brittany Cohen has been selected as the 2010-11 SUNY Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.
Cohen is one of three Red Dragons named to the All-SUNYAC squad. In addition to Cohen’s first-team honor, junior guard Molly Byrne was chosen to the second team and senior forward Jennifer Patten was named to the third team.
Cohen led the Red Dragons this season with 15.3 points and 6.1 assists per game. The Jamesville-DeWitt alum averaged 2.6 rebounds and nearly two steals per contest. She shot 40 percent from the floor, 33 percent from 3-point range (54-of-164) and 79 percent from the foul line (102-of-130).
A transfer from Onondaga Community College in her first season with the Red Dragons, Cohen ranks first in the SUNYAC in assists per game, second in scoring and third in free-throw percentage.
Byrne, also a transfer from Onondaga CC out of Bishop Ludden in Syracuse, was Cortland’s second-leading scorer with 12.7 points per game. She ranked second on the team with 4.7 rebounds per game and led the team with 2.0 steals per outing.
The shooting guard hit 49 percent of her shots, including 41 percent 3-point accuracy (45-of-111), and made 78 percent from the foul line. Byrne ranks fifth in the SUNYAC in scoring, second in three-point percentage and third in overall field goal percentage.
Forward Patten, out of Bainbridge-Guilford, earned All-SUNYAC honors for the second time in her career. She was a second-team selection as a sophomore in the 2008-09 season. This year, she averaged 11.8 points and a team-best 4.9 rebounds per game.
Patten ranks second in the SUNYAC in field goal percentage at 49 percent and ninth in scoring. In her four seasons at Cortland, she scored 945 points and grabbed 499 rebounds.
Cortland finished the season 19-7 and advanced to the SUNYAC tournament semifinals. The Red Dragons have won at least 19 games in 12 of the last 13 seasons and have played in the SUNYAC postseason 26 times in the last 27 years.
Cortland players have won SUNYAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year honors six times in the last eight years and seven times overall. Other Red Dragons chosen as the league’s top player include Jessica Laing twice (2009, 2010), Sara Cavanaugh (2007), Kaylin VanDusen (2006), Michelle Ciquera (2004) and Kiki Seago (1993).
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Winter Second-Team Honors
SUNY Cortland sophomore Jesse Winter was named to the SUNYAC men’s basketball all-conference second team squad.
The point guard from Rockville Centre South Side led the Red Dragons this season with 15.7 points and 4.2 assists per game, while also averaging 2.9 rebounds per contest. He shot 47 percent from the field, including 41 percent (58-of-143) from 3-point range, and hit 83 percent (69-of-83) of his free throws.
Winter ranked third in the SUNYAC in assists per game and 3-point percentage, fourth in free throw percentage and eighth in scoring. He scored in double figures in 23 of 26 games, with 20 or more points eight times. He tallied 23 points in a game at Oneonta and recorded 22 points in road wins at Nazareth and Plattsburgh.
Cortland finished the season 10-16 overall and 7-11 in SUNYAC play. The Red Dragons qualified for the SUNYAC postseason tournament for the 22nd time in the last 23 years.
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Geneseo Women NCAA Hosts
After capturing the SUNYAC playoff title by beating Cortland in the semifinals Friday night and Oneonta in the title game this past Saturday, Geneseo women will be hosting first round games this weekend in the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Blue Knights (25-3) received an automatic bid to the tournament following their 55-48 win over Oneonta in the conference final and will face DeSales (19-8) in a Friday first round NCAA contest. Buffalo’s Medaille (22-4) and Babson (27-0) are in the other first round game at Geneseo, Friday’s winners to meet on Saturday.
In the men’s NCAA tournament, both regular season champion Oswego and playoff winner Buffalo State are in the field of 61 teams.
Oswego is a first-round host in its first-ever NCAA appearance, the Lakers (23-3) to host Wells College (17-11) Friday at Max Ziel Gymnasium. Penn State-Behrend (23-4) and Rhode Island College (19-7) are the other first round opponents in Oswego.
Buffalo State (21-6) meets Gwynedd-Mercy (21-6) on Friday in a first round gathering at Ramapo College in New Jersey. Host Ramapo (20-6) will face Johnson & Wales (20-8) in the other first round game.

 

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