Graham and Peterson Power Geneseo To Big Women's Basketball Win

Wooster, Ohio – The Geneseo women’s basketball team (2-0) posted its second lopsided win in as many days, cruising past Franciscan (0-3) 78-43 in the second round of Wooster’s Nan Nichols Classic.

Senior forward Melissa Graham (Orchard Park/Mount Mercy) scored 22 points – converting 10 of her 15 shots from the floor along with both free-throw attempts – and sophomore forward Katie Peterson (Ithaca/Ithaca) scored a career-high 16 points off the bench.

First year forward Allison McKenna (Huntington/John Glenn) pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds as the Blue Knights outrebounded Franciscan 51-38 (Geneseo posted a rebounding advantage of +16.5 in its two games). She added nine points and three of the team’s seven blocked shots.

Sophomore guard Cara Manfredi (South Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury) added nine points and sophomore guard Biz Reinhardt (Rochester/Hilton) contributed career-high totals of five points, seven rebounds, two assists and two steals.

The Blue Knights never trailed and used a 14-3 run to break an early 8-8 tie on their way to a 35-23 halftime advantage. Peterson scored eight straight points during a span of 2:21 early in the second half that helped Geneseo open up a 22-point lead.

recorded seven rebounds and a game-high five assists. Sophomore forward Shannon McGinnis (Walworth/Gananda) made a career-best five steals to lead all players. Both were named to the all-tournament team.

The Blue Knights are idle until Tuesday, Nov. 27 when they will play a first-round game in the Wendy’s Classic. Pairings for the eight-team tournament will be announced next weekend.

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