Women's basketball: Bears hit 10 3-pointers in half; can't hold lead in Geneseo

02.07.14

The 3-pointers were dropping at a contagious rate for the SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team in its SUNYAC game at SUNY Geneseo on Friday night.

No matter who was taking them, they were going through the net.

First, it was Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y. / Williamsville East).  Then, it was Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Schroeder).  Hannah Kmiecinski (Webster, N.Y. / Webster Thomas) followed in the act.  Colleen McNamara (Guelph, Ontario / Our Lady of Lourdes) was up for the task too.

In all, the Bears made an astounding 10-of-15 from 3-point range in the opening half to take a 38-33 lead into halftime.
Facing the best defensive rebounding team in the conference in the Knights, Potsdam played to a 16 all draw on the boards in the opening half.   

But, the Bears (4-15 overall, 2-10 SUNYAC) did not keep it up as Geneseo (13-5 overall, 7-4 SUNYAC) took control back by starting the second half on a 17-4 run and went on to win 79-64.   

Long range shooting, which was a big Potsdam strength in the opening half, faded as the Bears hit just 2-of-8 from downtown in the second half.

The rebounds started bounded Geneseo's way as well as the Knights crashed the boards for a 44-23 advantage in that category (28-7 in the second half).

Kouzan finished by shooting 8-of-13 from the floor including 5-of-8 from beyond the arc for 23 points, four rebounds and three assists.  Weigel had 14 points, five steals, four rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.  Kmiecinski closed with 11 points (3-of-3 from downtown) with four assists, three rebounds and a steal.

Allison McKenna led with 20 points on 9-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals a blocked shot for the Knights.  Biz Reinhardt and Katie Durand had 14 points apiece while Shannon McGinnis was held to nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, but she also had 10 rebounds, three steals and a block.

Potsdam will play at Brockport Saturday.

Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.