No. 23 Women's Basketball Survives RIT, 62-60, In Overtime

GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo sophomore forward McKenna Brooks put-back the game-winning lay-up with 0.1 on the clock as the No. 23 Knights survived visiting RIT in overtime, 62-60, Tuesday night.

Senior guard Katie Durand scored a team-high 15 points as Geneseo improved to 15-0 on the season to extend the fourth-longest winning streak to start a season in program history. 

The Knights led, 9-0, with 4:45 left in the first quarter, before taking a 16-5 lead on a three-point play by sophomroe guard Kelsey Poplawski with 2:26 on the clock. Carrying an 18-7 lead into the second quarter, Geneseo got out to a 24-11 edge on a three-pointer by first-year guard Sara Ciotti at 7:25 of the second quarter for its largest lead of the game.

RIT (9-6) used a 10-2 run to make it a five-point game, 26-21, with 5:55  on the clock and got within two, 29-27, with 2:52 remaining. Five-straight points including a three-point play by Durand, moved the Knights back ahead, 34-27, as the home team held on to a 34-31 halftime lead.

The second half saw Geneseo shoot a cold 24.2-percent (8-for-33) from the field. RIT battled back to tie the game twice in the third quarter, including, 44-44, at 3:14, but the Knights were able to hold on to a three-point edge, 49-46, heading into the fourth quarter.

Trailing, 51-46, with 7:49 left in regulation, RIT put together a 10-2 run over the next three minutes to take its first lead of the game, 56-53, with 4:30 on the clock. Geneseo senior guard Kara Houppert responded with a clutch three-pointer fifteen seconds later, before the Tigers re-took the lead ona lay-up by Ashlynn Palmitesso with 1:30 remaining. Durand had the Knights' answer 19 seconds later, to knot the score, 58-58. Both teams had two shots to take the lead in the final minute, including an RIT three-pointer with :04 remaining, but the teams remained tied to head into overtime.

It was Palmitesso giving the visitors the first lead, 60-58, at the 3:23 mark, before a lay-up by senior guard Kayleigh Cavanaugh at 1:11 drew the teams even, 60-60, once again. The teams traded three-point misses on the next two possessions, but it was Geneseo maintaining possession after RIT was whistled for a loose-ball foul with 18 seconds on the clock. With the final seconds ticking down, Durand took a pass from Houppert at the right elbow and drove down the lane for a left-handed lay-up. Durand's shot hit the back of the rim and deflected off the backboard where Brooks was able to snatch the loose ball and beat the buzzer with a left-handed lay-up for the deciding tally.

Geneseo finished the game with a 51-39 rebounding advantage, including an 18-4 difference on the offensive boards. 

Jessica Glaz came off the RIT bench to lead all scorers with 16 points, including 10 after halftime.

The Knights continue their current five-game home stand later this week, hosting SUNYAC rivals Potsdam (7:30 PM) and Plattsburgh (4:00 PM) on Friday and Saturday, respectively. 

View McKenna Brooks' game-winning shot vs. RIT