PIONEERS CONTINUE TO ROLL-UC DEFEATS HOUGHTON BY 22-WOMEN’S HOOPS
Utica 64, Houghton 42 – Women’s Basketball Final
Utica, NY (2/8/2013) – The Utica College women’s basketball team avenged a mid-season loss at Houghton by jumping out to an early lead and never looking back in the rematch Friday night as the Pioneers topped the visiting Highlanders 64-42 on the hardwood at the Clark Athletic Center. Sophomore forward Samantha Stayer (Allegany, NY/Allegany-Limestone) continued her excellent play, netting 14 of her 15 points in the first half, while senior Meghan Fiore (Epping, NH/Epping) added a game-high 16 points in what would appear to be her final home game as a Pioneer.
The Pioneers (12-11, 7-5 Empire 8) have now won three of their last four contests headed into the final weekend of the regular season on the road at Ithaca and Elmira next Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (2 p.m.). UC recently knocked off second place Hartwick College, 64-61, in front of a state-wide television audience on Time Warner Cable Sports Tuesday night. Utica currently sits in third place in the conference, but they have played one more game than both Stevens and Fisher, who sit at 6-5 in conference competition.
The Highlanders, a provisional member of the conference, have now lost eight of their last nine contests and dropped to 9-13 overall on the year. Houghton has struggled on the road all season, winning just one of ten contests when traveling.
The Pioneers burst out to an 18-11 lead, behind a combined 17 points from Fiore, Stayer and Marissa Kahane (Sayville, NY/Sayville) in the first 10:50 of the contest. The Pioneers did not slow as the half approached and at one point Stayer knocked down three consecutive lay-ups, to spark a 15-2 Utica run in a span of 7:10, to give Utica a convincing 35-17 lead at the half.
UC also scored the first nine points of the second half, to cap an 18-0 run that started in the first half and spanned into the second, for a total of 5:12. Utica kept the pressure on and led by as many as 32 points, 61-29, with 4:41 left in the game.
Kaitlin Hammersley and Emily Cronin combined for nine points in a 13-0 run for the Highlanders down the stretch, but it proved to be too late as UC cruised to the 22 point victory. Maisie Pipher hauled in a game-high 14 rebounds and she also added three blocks for Houghton.
Marissa Kahane (Sayville, NY/Sayville) provided a nice spark off the bench for the Pioneers as she drilled 3-of-4 attempts from the floor and 2-of-3 form behind the arc for a total of eight points. Senior Brittany Baudanza (Staten Island, NY/Staten Island Tech) also chipped in with a team-best eight rebounds and five points.
Utica scored 19 points off of 23 Highlander turnovers and senior Alyssa Filkins (Castleton, NY/Maple Hill) registered five assists, to raise her conference-leading average to 4.7 per game. Senior Megan Browning (Epping, NH/Epping) got the starting nod on senior night and did not disappoint, as she knocked down a second half 3-pointer, much to the delight of the Pioneer contingent.
Junior Bridget Greenwald (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Hills) added five rebounds and four points for Utica.
PIONEERS THREATEN BUT FALL SHORT AGAINST NAZ IN E-8 PLAY
Box Score -Nazareth 64, Utica 63 – Women’s Basketball Final
Utica, NY (1/22/2013) – The Utica College women’s basketball team to lost to visiting Nazareth College 64-63 in Empire 8 Conference action Tuesday night at the Clark Athletic Center.
The Pioneers trailed by double digits for the majority of the second half but they were able to make a late run that fell just short in the closing minutes.
Senior forward Meghan Fiore (Epping, NH/Epping) led the Pioneers with 15 points, while freshman Racquel Baudanza (Staten Island, NY/New Dorp) added 14 points, including two key second half 3-pointers to spark the UC comeback.
The Pioneers even their overall mark at 9-9 while falling to 5-3 in E8 play and hit the road for three-straight conference contests beginning Friday, Jan. 25th in Rochester, NY for a 6 p.m. tip-off against the St. John Fisher Cardinals.
The Golden Flyers move their overall record to 6-12 including a 3-6 mark in the conference. Naz returns to its home-hardwood Friday, Jan 25th when it welcomes Alfred University to Kidera Gymnasium.
The teams traded 3-pointers right out of the gate before Nazareth managed a 6-0 run to take a 9-3 lead just over five minutes into the contest, at 15:22. UC battled back and tied the contest up 9-9 at the 12:30 mark off a lay-up from Fiore.
The squads traded baskets over the next few minutes before UC edged a brief one-point lead, 14-13, at 8:50. The Golden Flyers would then flash a 22-11 run to close out the first 20 minutes of play with a ten point advantage, 35-25.
Naz came out of the locker room and quickly extended its rush to a 15-point lead, over the first five minutes, to take a 46-31 lead, with 14:51 remaining. The visitors would hang on to that 15-point cushion for the next five minutes before the Pioneers surged back with 15-4 run to pull within two points, 57-55, at 3:09. In the final three minutes, UC pulled within three points of the lead twice, however they were unable to muster a full comeback, losing 64-63, in the final seconds.
Fiore finished with 15 points and five boards while Bridget Greenwald (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Hills) added 10 points and six rebounds. Racquel Baudanza (Staten Island, NY/New Dorp) netted 14 points on 3-of-8 shooting, including 4-of-5 from the free throw line, while classmate Mary Miceli (New Rochelle, NY/New Rochelle) added 10 points and seven boards of her own.
Naz’s Lindsey Kelly led all scorers with 18 points, while Erica Shaw chipped in with 14 for the Golden Flyers.
PIONEERS RALLY IN FINAL MINUTES TO DOWN NAZ IN E-8 PLAY
Utica 63, Nazareth 60 – Women’s Basketball Final
Rochester, NY (1/12/2013) – Senior Meghan Fiore (Epping, NH/Epping) and sophomore Samantha Stayer (Allegany, NY/Allegany-Limestone) combined for the Pioneers final 13 points as the Utica College women’s basketball rallied to defeated host Nazareth College 63-60 in Empire 8 Conference action Saturday afternoon at Kidera Gymnasium. Fiore finished the day with a game-high 27 points and seven rebounds, while Stayer closed out the afternoon with 11 points. The Pioneers improved to 8-8 overall and 4-2 in conference play.
Utica rallied from a six point deficit, 49-43, with 7:55 remaining in the contest to earn the conference victory. Alyssa Filkins (Castleton, NY/Maple Hill) netted nine points, whileMarissa Kahane (Sayville, NY/Sayville) and Mary Miceli (New Rochelle, NY/New Rochelle) combined for ten points as the Pioneers earned their fourth conference win of the year. Filkins also added seven assists. Bridget Greenwald (Wayne, NJ/Wayne Hills) grabbed a team-best nine rebounds and added three steals for UC. Miceli netted a key second half 3-pointer to help spark the Pioneer comeback.
UC jumped out to 14 point lead in the first half, 25-11, at the 8:12 mark behind six straight points from Filkins. Naz answered with an 11-1 run to cut UC’s lead to just five points, 26-21, with 5:12 left in the first half of play.
The Pioneers pushed their lead back to eight points, 29-21, but the home team responded by outscoring UC 7-1 in the final 2:36 of the first half to set the score at 30-28, advantage Utica, at the half.
The lead changed hands five times in the first ten minutes of the second half before Naz used an 8-1 run in less than three minutes to give the home team a six point lead, 49-43, with 7:55 left in regulation. Utica rallied and earned the lead back, 59-58, when Fiore connected on a lay-up with 1:35 remaining in the game. Naz got the lead right back when Kelly converted a lay-up at the 1:10 ledger. Fiore then scored with 42 seconds left and the Golden Flyers missed a 3-pointer on the ensuing trip down the floor. UC came away with the rebound to secure possession with 19 seconds left. Fiore then made both of her free throws after being fouled with 15 seconds left to seal the victory for the Pioneers. Naz’s Erica Shaw missed a desperation 3-pointer on the other end as time expired with the Pioneers on top by three points.
Lindsey Kelly netted 21 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds for the Golden Flyers. Naz outscored UC 24-18 in the paint and the Golden Flyers also netted 18 second chance points compared to UC’s nine. Naz moved to 4-10 overall and 1-3 in the Empire 8. Hannah Runyon added 13 points on 3-of-7 from 3-point land for the Golden Flyers.
The Pioneers return to action on Saturday when they host Elmira College for a conference affair at 2 p.m.