SUNYAC Women's Basketball Tournament

SUNYAC Tournament Championship

 

 

 

Tournament Most Valuable Player Brittany Finkle scored 14 points on 5-6 from the field, 1-1 from the arc and 3-4 from the line with six rebounds and four assists to lead the top-seeded Geneseo women's basketball team to their fourth SUNYAC Championship title in program history with a 55-48 win over visiting #2 Oneonta. Junior Bri Dunton hit 7-10 from the line on her way to 14 points, senior Khadija Campbell, an All-Tournament pick, added nine points and eight rebounds and sophomore Melissa Graham, an All-Tournament choice, collected eight points and six caroms for Geneseo. Junior Samantha Szkotak and senior Mary Kate O'Connell netted 12 points each for Oneonta and senior Rebecca Bucci added 11 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals for the Red Dragons. Szotak and Bucci claimed All-Tournament recognition.

In the first half, Oneonta led by six points at 12-6 with 13:34 to play on back-to-back three-pointers by Szkotak and Bucci. Geneseo responded with six straight points and then used a 9-0 run capped by a long-range shot by Dunton to take a 24-19 lead with 3:01 to play. The Red Dragons responded with the final three points of the half to trail, 24-22, at intermission. In the second half, Oneonta built a five-point lead at 35-30 with 12:42 to go on another triple by Bucci, but a Dunton layup concluded a 13-2 run which gave the Blue Knights a six-point bulge at 43-37 with 7:12 remaining. Senior Erika Puffer hit a layup with 1:13 remaining to cut the lead to two at 50-48, but Geneseo's Finkle hit a layup on a drive to the basket with 55 seconds left and Dunton made 3-4 from the line in the final 31 seconds to close out the win.

Geneseo moves to 25-3 on the season and receives the automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The national tournament pairings and sites will be announced on Monday afternoon.

BOX SCORE

2011 SUNYAC Women's Basketball

ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM

MVP: Brittany Finkle, Geneseo

Melissa Graham, Geneseo

Khadija Campbell, Geneseo

Samantha Szkotak, Oneonta

Rebecca Bucci, Oneonta

Brittany Cohen, Cortland