Bears fall to Geneseo


POTSDAM, N.Y. – The SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team (1-20, 0-14 SUNYAC) hosted SUNY Geneseo (16-5, 12-3 SUNYAC) for Bear Pride Night and a Pink Out on Friday. Freshman forward Katie Lavoie led the Bears with eight points in a 74-33 loss.

Potsdam found themselves down 6-0 within the first two minutes of the contest. Sophomore forward Margaret Wall would get the Bears on the board first at the 17:52 mark with a 15-foot jump shot. The Knights continued to roll under the basket and extended the lead to five with 16:38 remaining. Senior guard Katy Briedis would answer as back-to-back baskets brought the Bears within two points. However, sophomore forward Shannon McGinnis stopped the Potsdam momentum with a layup to spark a 19-5 run over the next eight minutes. McGinnis would cap off the huge spurt with three-point basket at the 8:38 mark to increase the deficit to 16 points. Potsdam tried to cut the lead but McGinnis added another three with 24 ticks left in the half to give the Knights a 40-21 advantage at the break.

Geneseo continued where they left off in the first half. Potsdam would go on a nine minute scoring drought to open the final stanza. A quick layup by freshman forward Allison McKenna 20 second into the second half started an 18-0 run for the Knights. The Bears would continue to fight in front of the home crowd. Yet, Geneseo was able to cruise to a 74-33 victory.

Potsdam struggled from the floor, shooting 25% and 15% from the three-point line. Geneseo hit 58% of their field goals and 54% from beyond the arc. The Knights totaled 44 rebounds to the Bears' 23. Junior guard Chenice Russell and Briedis each finished with six points.

McGinnis led the Knights with 17 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Melissa Graham added a double-double performance with 12 points and 11 rebounds. McKenna totaled 10 points and seven boards.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow when they host The College at Brockport at 2 p.m. in Welsh Gymnasium.