November 22, 2013


Dragons breeze behind long-distance shooting

BasketballBob Ellis/staff photographer
Grace Williamson of SUNY Cortland drives the lane against SUNYIT defenders Nijee Scott (32) and Lauren Knowles (14).

A 50-point first half scoring binge triggered by the 3-point shooting of juniors Phoebe Byrnes and Erin Wolstenholme made this non-conference basketball contest a breeze for SUNY Cortland women on Thursday night.
Byrnes and Wolstenholme combined for 31 points, including seven of their side’s 10 treys, as the Red Dragons routed visiting SUNYIT 89-46 to improve to 3-1 on the season.
Brockport transfer Byrnes scored 15 of her game-high 17 points in the first half and Wolstenholme registered 12 of her 14 points over that same stretch as Cortland raced out to a 50-22 halftime lead at Corey Gymnasium.
Wolstenholme made all four of her first-half treys and finished 4-for-6 from the arc. Byrnes was 7-for-14 from the field in the game, 3-for-7 from 3-point range.
Sophomore point guard Caysea Cohen added 14 points, five rebounds and four assists. Senior Jeannette Harris finished with 10 points and five boards, senior Megan Touhey had nine points and nine rebounds and senior Grace Williamson recorded a game-high 11 rebounds, eight in the first half.
Williamson, Touhey and Brittany Rando each had three assists. Junior Sarah Seger and junior Rae Frasier grabbed six rebounds each.
SUNYIT (1-2) was led by Tierney McGlynn’s eight points and four assists. Lauren Knowles scored seven points and Abbey Hanehan added six points and six rebounds.
Cortland finished 10-of-29 from the 3-point line, including 9-of-21 accuracy in the first half. The Red Dragons shot 41 percent from the floor for the game compared to just 24 percent for the Wildcats.
Byrnes made two treys in the opening four minutes as Cortland opened an 8-0 lead. Her third 3-pointer made it 13-3 with 14:20 left, and Wolstenholme followed with two threes to put Cortland up 19-3 with 12:58 left in the half.
Wolstenholme’s trey with 9:45 left gave the Red Dragons a 26-6 advantage, and the margin grew to 25 after a Touhey trey at the 9:21 mark and two free throws with 7:55 left.
Cortland will play at St. Lawrence on Saturday, a 2 p.m. start.


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