November 20, 2010
Dragons pull away in 2nd half
SARATOGA SPRINGS — Falling behind 7-0 was not the start the SUNY Cortland women’s basketball team was looking for on opening night of the Skidmore College Invitational.
But the finish was a lot better for the Red Dragons.
Junior guard Brittany Cohen was one of four Red Dragons scoring in double figures with 13 points — including 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range — and added six assists, five rebounds and three steals as Cortland pulled away in the second half to defeat St. John Fisher 67-56 on Friday night.
The Red Dragons (2-0) will face Skidmore in the predetermined schedule this afternoon at 4 p.m. Oneonta defeated Skidmore 57-50 in Friday’s other game.
Junior Molly Byrne and senior Jen Polan finished with 12 points apiece to add to the balanced Cortland scoring ledger, while junior Micki Volpini finished with 10 points. Byrne also dished out five assists, Polan had five rebounds and three assists, and junior center Megan Maycumber topped the team with with eight rebounds.
Colleen Maloney paced the Cardinals (0-1) with 20 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots. Kristi Jeffres finished with eight points, seven rebounds and three blocks and Meghan Soja totaled eight points, seven rebounds and three steals.
After getting into that early 7-zip hole, Cortland trailed for most of the first half. The Red Dragons led only once at 14-13 on a Cohen 3-point shot with 9:03 left in the period, but stayed close and entered half-time tied at 31-31 on Byrne’s layup as time expired.
The Red Dragons grabbed a 36-35 lead on another Cohen trey with 17:08 remaining and never trailed again. Fisher was within five at 52-47 on two Camaryn Buckner foul shots with 6:11 left, but Byrne made a layup with 5:55 left and hit two free throws at the 5:33 mark to give Cortland a 56-47 lead.
Polan connected on two key baskets to help the Red Dragons seal the win. With the lead at seven, she made a layup with 5:02 left. She then grabbed a rebound after a missed free throw and, on the other end of the floor, hit a 3-pointer off a Cohen feed to put Cortland up 61-49 with 4:38 left. The lead was nine or more points the rest of the contest.
l Cortland men, coming off a season-opening win at Elmira College, are in the NYU Tip-Off Tournament this weekend. The Red Dragons face Emmanuel from Massachusetts today at 3 p.m., while NYU and Moravian meet in the other opening round game. The consolation and title game will be played Sunday.
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