Oswego, N.Y. – The Oswego State women’s basketball team took a tough 72-66 loss to Cortland in Max Ziel Gymnasium on Saturday night.
Oswego’s loss on Senior Night drops its season mark to 6-15 and 2-12 in SUNYAC play while the Red Dragons improve to 12-9, 8-6.
Cortland opened the scoring with a 3-pointer but Oswego answered right back with a 10-0 run, with all 10 points coming from, and assisted by, the squad’s four seniors. Brittany Pritchard sparked the run with a trey from the top of the key off an assist from fellow senior Paula Egelston.
The other two seniors got involved on the Lakers’ next bucket, as Jenn Robbinsfound classmate Lauren Nunziato for an easy jumper.
Nunziato then got in the helping business, assisting on a layup for Egelston. The spurt ended as with a Nunziato sinking a bomb from beyond the arc with the assist to Egelston.
The Red Dragons would not blink, however, forming their own 9-0 run for a two-point lead before Oswego was able to knot the score at 12-12 with 14:11 left in the first.
Over the remainder of the period, Oswego and Cortland tied twice, with the Red Dragons leading by as many as five before the Lakers took a 36-29 advantage into the locker rooms at half.
Cortland made it a game in the second half, evaporating the Laker lead just over six minutes into the period when a Megan Touhey jumper gave the Red Dragons a 42-41 edge.
The two squads struggled to score over the next nine minutes, matching each other over the span to a tie at 49-49 with 4:33 to play.
Egelston completed at traditional 3-point at 4:14 to give the Lakers a 52-49 lead. Cortland’s Caysea Cohen countered by draining a 3-pointer from the wing. The two teams traded baskets over the final four minutes, with Nunziato’s layup with 14 seconds left being the equalizer at 60-60 to send the game to extra time.
Cortland was able to gain some momentum in the overtime, outscoring the Lakers 12-6 to secure the win.
Robbins finished with a game-high 20 points while Nunziato was second on the team with 14. Egelston missed a double-double by just one points as she tallied nine while grabbing a game-best 11 boards.
Heather Hebert rounded out the Oswego scorers in double figures, ending with 12 points.
The Lakers return to the hardwood at 6 p.m. on Friday for a SUNYAC battle at Potsdam.