Kayla RyanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s layup with 00:52 remaining gave the Oswego State womenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s basketball team their first and only lead of the game, as they defeated Brockport 55-53 to open SUNY Athletic Conference play on Friday night in Oswego. The Golden Eagles started the game on a 13-0 run, but the Lakers cut the lead to six points at halftime and 50.0 percent from the floor in the second half to complete the comeback in the final minute. Oswego StateÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Kayla Ryan led all scorers with 18 points to go along with nine boards. The Lakers moved to 2-4 overall and 1-0 in the league, while Brockport fell to 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the SUNYAC.
The Golden Knights seized the early advantage as Whitney Smith and Sarah Alwardt contributed four points each as part of a 13-0 stretch in the first 6:19 of the contest. Kayla Ryan (So., Schaghticoke, N.Y.) put Oswego State on the scoreboard as she made a layup after a steal by Erin Ostrander (Jr., Angelica, N.Y.) with 12:59 on the clock. The basket was enough to trigger an 8-2 run due to a pair of baskets apiece for Rachel Kohrs (Sr., New Lebanon, N.Y.) and Colleen McCready (Jr., Pittsford, N.Y) to make the deficit 15-10. The Golden Eagles maintained a similar margin thought the half, as they went into the locker room with a 29-23 lead.
The Lakers come out strong in the second half as Kristen Diglio (Jr., Syracuse, N.Y.) tied the game with a three-pointer 3:31 into the frame at 33-33. However, Oswego State was not able to get over the hump and take the lead, as the squads traded baskets until a Ryan layup and a three-point basket from Tricia Sullivan (Sr., Copenhagen, N.Y.) tied the contest at 53-53 with 1:37 remaining in regulation. Ryan scored on the next Laker possession to give them the only lead of the game with the score 55-53 and 00:52 on the clock. On the ensuing Golden Eagle possession, the Oswego State defense forced Brockport to commit a five-second violation on an out-of-bounds play under the basket. The Lakers went on to claim the 55-53 victory, as Oswego State held the Golden Eagles scoreless in the final 2:41.
Brockport shot 45.8 percent from the field (22-of-48), but committed 24 turnovers that resulted in 18 Laker points. Oswego State finished the game shooting 42.6 percent (23-for-54), but shot a blistering 50.0 percent in the second half, including 4-of-9 from behind the three-point arc. In addition to RyanÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 18 points, McCready register 10 points and three assists. Whitney SmithÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 16 points led the Golden Eagles followed by Rachel Csakany with 11 points and 10 boards and Sarah Alwardt with 10.
The Lakers host Geneseo on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., while Brockport travels to Cortland.