Senior Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney) scored 18 points while classmate Taylor Szwec (Candor, NY/Candor) added eight points and 10 rebounds, but the Keuka College women's basketball team fell to the University of Pitt-Bradford 62-53 Tuesday night in the Storm's season-opener.
Senior Casey Chamberlain (Perry, NY/Perry) added eight points and four rebounds while freshman Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, NY/Tupper Lake) chipped in with 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in her first collegiate contest for the Storm (0-1).
Keuka trailed 15-5 nine minutes in before Szwec jump-started a 15-5 run with back-to-back layups. Chamberlain and Gravel each added 3s and senior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) hit a jumper and a layup to knot the score at 20 with 5:14 remaining in the first half.
Keuka led 24-22 at halftime after holding the Panthers (2-1) to just 27 percent shooting in the opening half.
In a back-and-forth second half, Pitt-Bradford led 35-29 before Keuka went on a 10-4 run to pull even on a '3′ from Chamberlain with 11:31 remaining.
The Green and Gold led by as many as four points, including 51-47 after a pair of Gravel free throws, but Pitt-Bradford evened the score at 51 on a layup from Kaserra Owens and the Panthers used an 11-2 late run to close out the game and the Storm.
Keuka shot 40.9 percent (9-for-22) in the first half and 36.4 percent (8-for-22) in the second half, while Pitt-Bradford rebounded from a 27.3 percent first-half shooting performance (9-for-33) to shoot 50 percent (18-for-36) after halftime.
The Green and Gold return home to take on perennial power SUNY Geneseo at 7 p.m. Thursday night. Keuka then continues its tough three-game opening slate with a 7 p.m. showdown with rival William Smith Saturday evening in nearby Geneva, N.Y.
Keuka's first three opponents all won 15 or more games in 2012-13. Geneseo went 20-7 and lost in the championship of the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC), William Smith went 17-10 and lost in the Liberty League title game while Pitt-Bradford went 15-10 and won a school-record 13 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference games.