November 16, 2013
Debuting Dragons ride seniors to tourney win
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — With returning seniors Megan Touhey and Grace Williamson leading the way, SUNY Cortland women opened the basketball season with a resounding 83-47 win over Virginia Wesleyan to get the Mary Washington Hampton Inn South Tipoff Tournament underway on Friday.
While Touhey and Williamson were sharing team scoring honors with 22 points apiece, the Red Dragons held their opponent to just 16 percent shooting from the floor to win going away.
Cortland will face Mary Washington in the championship game this afternoon at 3 p.m., as the hosts knocked off Penn State Altoona 61-41 in the other first round match-up.
Touhey, the leading returning scorer off last year’s 11-14 Cortland squad, hit 8-of-12 shots from the floor and grabbed nine rebounds. Forward Williamson was 7-for-12 from the field and a perfect 8-for-8 at the foul line to go along with five rebounds.
Junior guard and Brockport transfer Phoebe Byrnes added 14 points and sophomore guard Caysea Cohen finished with 13 points and a team-high 14 rebounds for the Red Dragons.
Kelly Jones led the Marlins with 19 points and Andrea Paphites totaled 10 points. Katie Tassa registered seven points and eight rebounds. Kerri-Leanne Taylor shared the team lead with eight rebounds.
While Virginia Wesleyan struggled to make shots, including going 6-of-38 from beyond the 3-point arc, Cortland shot 47 percent from the floor. The Red Dragons also cashed in from the free throw line, making 27-of-40 attempts.
Cortland went on a decisive 16-5 run with less than 10 minutes left in the first half to extend a 17-12 lead to 33-17. Williamson scored nine points during that stretch.
The Red Dragons led 34-20 at halftime and pushed the margin to 24 points at 49-25 less than four minutes into the second half.
The Marlins, who finished 18-9 last season, got no closer than 20 the rest of the game.
— SUNY Cortland men, the defending SUNY Athletic Conference champions, open the season in Buffalo this afternoon taking on Medaille at 1 p.m.
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