Senior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) became just the 11th student-athlete in the history of Keuka College women's basketball to eclipse 1,000 career points, but the Storm suffered a 78-74 setback against rival SUNYIT Saturday afternoon inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.
Bandrowski scored 19 points and added 6 assists and 5 steals and classmate Taylor Szwec (Candor, NY/Candor) totaled a career-high 18 points with three assists, but Keuka (2-4, 2-1 NEAC) dropped a conference game for the first time this year.
Senior Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney) added a season-best 20 points on 9 of 13 shooting and added five rebounds for the Storm.
Bandrowski, a two-time, first-team All-NEAC guard, scored her 1,000th career point on a layup with 11:27 remaining in the opening half as the Storm took a 16-10 lead. A timeout was called on the floor and the fans stood up and applauded Bandrowski for eclipsing the milestone.
"It feels great to score my 1,000th point," Bandrowski said after the loss. "When I first got here, I didn't think I'd get to this point, but I am happy that I did, and the fact that I'm not the only one is great. Mariah Mouzon was the 10th student-athlete to reach this milestone last year, I am the 11th and Danielle will be the 12th. A win would have felt much better, but I just love the game and use my heart and hustle to do whatever I can to help this team win."
Bandrowski now has 1,013 career points. Gravel now has 926 points and needs just 74 more points to join Bandrowski in the 1,000-point club.
Senior Casey Chamberlain (Perry, NY/Perry) grabbed a team-high eight rebounds while junior Brittany Hadley (Jasper, NY/Jasper-Troupsburg) had seven points and six rebounds and freshman Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, NY/Tupper Lake) recorded six points and four rebounds in the loss.
Keuka was outrebounded 58-36, including 24-8 on the offensive glass in the loss, which snapped a seven-game winning streak against SUNYIT.
The Storm started fast and led 28-14 on a Szwec '3' with 7:21 remaining in the opening half, but SUNYIT (4-3, 3-0 NEAC) went on runs of 9-0 and 19-5 to pull even at 33-all 14 seconds into the second half.
Gravel knocked down a '3' and Bandrowski added a layup to give the Storm a 43-37 lead with 16:59 remaining, and Keuka maintained the lead until Lauren Knowles (15 points, nine rebounds) made a layup with 5:27 to play.
A pair of Bandrowski free throws knotted the score at 70 with 1:20 remaining, but Tierney McGlynn hit a '3' to give the Wildcats a 73-70 lead.
Following three free throws from Abbey Hanehan (18 points, eight rebounds), Gravel drove the lane and hit back-to-back layups to slice the lead to 76-74, but Hanehan hit a pair of free throws with five seconds remaining to ice the win.
"I did have a chance to enjoy the moment, but just for a second," Bandrowski said of the on-court tribute. "I knew we had a game to finish. I was glad I had my teammates and friends, everybody around to see it and celebrate this with me. For those few seconds, it was a great feeling and I got to cherish it."
The Storm host SUNY Cobleskill at 3 p.m. Sunday in the final game of 2013. The game will be streamed live online at www.ustream.tv/channel/keuka-college-athletics.