Red Dragons top Bears
ONEONTA, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team (1-19, 0-13 SUNYAC) fell to Oneonta State (10-10, 7-6 SUNYAC), 61-37 Saturday afternoon. Junior guard Hannah Kmiecinski led the Bears with a 14 point second half showing.
The Red Dragons came out on fire to start the first half, shooting 53% from the floor. Oneonta opened up a 9-0 lead within the first five minutes of the contest. Junior forward Jessica Kouzan was able to end the Bears drought with a three pointer at the 15:36 mark. Kouzan's three would not slow down the Red Dragon offense. Freshman guard Bryn Loomis would hit a three with 14:16 remaining to extend the lead to 14-3. The Bears continued to fight despite the deficit. A big three by sophomore guard Carli Reynolds put Potsdam in place to chip away at the lead. However, Oneonta had an answer as junior guard Kristin Pappalardo drilled a basket from beyond the arc to ignite an 11-0 spurt. Senior guard Katy Briedis would stop the bleeding with a jumper at the 3:52 mark. The Red Dragons would close out the rest of the first half on an 11-0 run to claim a 37-10 lead at the break.
Potsdam would claw at the lead behind Kmiecinski and Reynolds throughout the second half. Kmiecinski caught fire at the 18:37 mark with a three-point basket. The junior went on to score 11 points in the first nine minutes of the final stanza. Reynolds joined her teammate connecting on a three pointer with 8:20 remaining to close the gap. The Red Dragons would hold pace with the Potsdam shooters as they cruised to a 61-37 victory.
Oneonta closed out the game shooting 45% from the floor. Potsdam struggled offensively, shooting 24% from the field. The Red Dragons held the advantage in rebounds with 45 to the Bears' 30. Reynolds was the next top scorer for Potsdam with eight points.
Loomis and Pappalardo led the Red Dragons with nine points each. Junior guard Grace Schilling and freshman guard Lyteshia Price each notched eight points to round out Oneonta's top scorers.
The Bears return to action on Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. in Jerry Welsh Gymnasium against SUNY Geneseo for Bear Pride Night.