Kleine lifts Oswego State women’s basketball team to victory

OSWEGO, N.Y. – Senior Kassie Kleine (Cazenovia, N.Y.) connected on the first five three-pointers she attempted on Friday night to lead the Oswego State women’s basketball team (15-7, 9-6 SUNYAC) to a 47-34 victory over host Cortland (10-11, 8-7 SUNYAC).

The Lakers came into the game tied with the Red Dragons in the conference standings, but were able to capture the one-game edge with some stellar defense and effective shooting from downtown. Kleine finished with 15 points to lead Oswego State, as she made 5-of-6 shots from beyond the arc. Oswego State finished 8-for-20 from three-point range.

Kleine got the scoring started with a three-pointer, which would be the only scoring in the first four minutes of the game for either team. The Lakers scored their first 16 points from three-point land and the free-throw line, while they struggled with turnovers throughout the game.

Thanks to smothering defense, the Lakers led 25-7 with less than five minutes left in the opening stanza and they took a 26-11 lead into the break. It marked the second time this season the Lakers held the Red Dragons to just 11 points in the first half.

In their first game against Cortland this season, the Lakers held Cortland’s leading scorer, Megan Touhey, scoreless. On this night, Touhey went 1-for-15 from the field, and scored just two points.

The Red Dragons were unable to get within single digits in the second half, as the Lakers held them below 40 points for the second time this season. Cortland shot 14-for-61 (23 percent) from the field and committed 15 turnovers in the contest.

Oswego State struggled to possess the ball also, committing 24 turnovers in the defensive affair. However, the Lakers out-rebounded their opponent 45-30, with 13 boards from Evelyn Josbena (Sr., Solvay, N.Y.).

The Lakers have the rest of the weekend off, as they gear up for a Tuesday matchup with Oneonta (11-11, 8-7 SUNYAC) on Tuesday at 6 p.m.