SUNY Poly, Keuka College Set for NEAC Women's Basketball Finals

SUNY Poly, Keuka College Set for NEAC Women's Basketball Finals

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – With semifinal action complete, two teams from the North Division in SUNY Poly and Keuka College will move on to play for the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Women’s Basketball Championship, hosted by SUNY Poly at the Campus Center Gym.

SUNY Poly and Keuka College will meet in the championship game on Sunday at 2 p.m. The winner of Sunday’s matchup will receive an automatic berth to the 2018 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Semifinal Game One

No. 4 Penn State Abington 56, No. 1 SUNY Poly 58

Boxscore

SUNY Poly finished the first quarter with a one-point advantage but Penn State Abington responded by taking the second quarter, 20-11, and heading into halftime with a 36-28 lead. The host team rallied in the second half, putting up 15 points in each of the last two quarters to hang on for a two-point victory. NEAC Player of the Year Khristaijah Jackson (Levittown, Pa.) led SUNY Poly with 21 points followed by sophomore Kiersten Leos (Camden, N.Y.) with 15 points. Wildcats sophomore Cassidy Albright (New York Mills, N.Y.) grabbed 10 rebounds while Taylor Aybar (Woodside, N.Y.) added three steals and three blocks in the win. Penn State Abington’s offense was led by Symantha Marrero (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Shayna Rodriguez (Philadelphia, Pa.) with 21 and 18 points, respectively. Senior Grace Dewey (Falls Church, Va.) pulled down a game-high 17 boards and recorded five blocks. SUNY Poly improves to 21-6 overall while Penn State Abington closes out its solid season with a 15-11 record.

Semifinal Game Two

No. 3 Gallaudet University 72, No. 2 Keuka College 94

Boxscore

A 26-point second quarter by Keuka College put the Wolves in the driver’s seat for a decisive 94-72 victory over Gallaudet University in the second semifinal matchup. Keuka College sophomore Sam Laranjo (Averill Park, N.Y.) led her squad with 17 points and eight assists. Amanda Wood (Pittsburgh, Pa.) added 12 points and eight rebounds while rookie Brianna Legacy (Bennington, Vt.) scored 10 points off the bench for a Wolves team that shot 53 percent from the field. Gallaudet University was led by Hannah Nield (Litchfield, N.H.) with 36 points. The Bison also got 12 points from Sabina Shysh (Tucson, Ariz.) and 11 rebounds from Kelsey Hudson (Blissiield, Mich.). Saturday win brings Keuka College’s record to 20-5 overall. Gallaudet University wraps up its season with a 13-14 overall record, marking a 10-win improvement from the 2016-17 season.

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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has fourteen NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Bryn Athyn College, Cazenovia College, College of St. Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Wells College, and Wilson College.  Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (M Volleyball), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse, M Volleyball), Pennsylvania State University – Altoona (M Volleyball), and Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sports of field hockey and men’s tennis. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.