No. 14 Women’s Basketball Drops First Game of the Season at New Paltz, 71-61

NEW PALTZ, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore guard Natalie Alfieri scored a team-high 15 points but the Knights dropped their first contest of the season, falling to host New Paltz, 71-61, on Saturday afternoon. 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Knights scored the first six points of the game, but New Paltz responded with a 9-0 run to take a 9-6 lead with 4:56 to play in the opening frame. Junior guard Sara Ciotti tied the game with a three-pointer, but the Hawks led, 16-14, after the first.
  • Geneseo trailed 20-16 but scored six-straight points when senior forward McKenna Brooks finished a three-point play and Alfieri drained a triple, putting the team ahead, 22-20. The Knights pushed their lead to 10 points, taking a 31-21 lead with 4:27 to play in the half, but New Paltz finished with an 11-2 run to cut the Geneseo lead to 35-32 at halftime.
  • The Knights led by as many as seven points in the third quarter as Alfieri scored six points to lead the team, but the Hawks cut the lead to five, 53-48, to end the frame.
  • New Paltz hit back-to-back three-pointers to open the fourth quarter, taking a 54-53 lead with 8:58 to play, the Knights responded with a bucket to regain the lead, but the Hawks held the Knights to just eight fourth-quarter points to seal the victory.

QUICK FACTS 

  • Brooks finished with 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds while sophomore guard Lindsay Halpin recorded four steals. 
  • The Knights snap a 26-game winning streak against conference opponents, suffering their first loss against a SUNYAC foe since the 2017 SUNYAC Championship, also against New Paltz.
  • The Hawks scored 71 points, the most allowed by the Knights this season. 

WHAT'S NEXT? 

Geneseo will return home on Tuesday to face RIT, with game time set for 6:00 p.m.