OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego State women’s basketball lost an 86-84 contest against conference-foe Buffalo State on Saturday afternoon at Max Ziel Gymnasium. With the loss, the Lakers move to 2-4 overall and 1-1 after the opening SUNYAC weekend while Buffalo State improved to 3-3, 1-1.
In the first half, Oswego put on an unselfish display of basketball, tallying 11 assists – four of which came from sophomore Mary Mazzella.
The result of making the extra pass was a formidable 48.5% (16-of-33) from the field. Seven different Lakers converted on shots with Heather Hebert leading by example, as the junior scored 11 of her 19 points in the opening period, to go along with her team-high seven rebounds in the contest.
Teammate Alison Nunziato led a bounce-pass into the paint for Hebert, as the basket contributed to a 14-2 Laker run that would last for nearly four minutes.
Although Buffalo State would add six unanswered points in the final minute of the half, Oswego held a 47-37 advantage going into the break.
Buffalo State was able to get back into the game thanks to a 16-3 run to start the second half, grabbing the lead at 53-50.
The Lakers would not go away without a fight, however, as the two squads swapped leads and tied several times down the stretch.
Forward Rachael Windhausen scored on a half-court pass with the Bengals defense swarming the freshman late in the contest.
The basket gave Oswego a slight 82-81 lead with 36 seconds left in regulation. It would prove to be the Lakers’ last advantage of the contest as the Bengals closed out by going 5-for-6 from the freethrow line to steal the win.
Despite the loss, five Laker players finished the night in double digits. Alisha Jacobs, Courtney Ameele and Rachael Windhausen recorded 15, 13 and 12 points, respectively.
Jacobs had a team-best five assists while Windhausen denied a Laker-high three Buffalo State shot attempts.
The Lakers will look to get back into the win column when they travel to Cazenovia College for a 6 p.m. bout on Friday with the Wildcats.