Despite scoring its second-most points in a game this year, the Keuka College women's basketball team dropped its 2014 opener, 90-75 to RIT Wednesday night inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.
Senior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) scored 21 points with six assists, her seventh straight game reaching double-figures, and classmate Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney) recorded her first career double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn't enough to lift the Storm (4-4).
Freshman Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, NY/Tupper Lake) added a career-high 14 points to go with six rebounds while senior Casey Chamberlain (Perry, NY/Perry) had nine points and nine rebounds and classmate Taylor Szwec (Candor, NY/Candor) added nine points and six rebounds for the Green and Gold.
Keuka, which led 44-37 at halftime, allowed the Tigers (5-5) to shoot 53.1 percent (17 of 32) during a 53-point second half.
Kayla Wheeler led RIT with 24 points and 16 rebounds while Courtney Tennant added 20 points and seven rebounds and Jess Kramer tallied 21 points and four steals for RIT.
The Storm started fast and led 9-4 on a '3' from Gravel, one of her four first-half '3s', but RIT hung around and took an 18-17 lead on a layup from Wheeler with 9:11 remaining in the opening half.
Keuka responded with a 13-1 run, sparked by Stuart, who had on a pair of putbacks and a three-point play, and Gravel, who buried a pair of '3s' during the spurt as the Storm led 30-19 with 6:31 remaining.
The Storm's lead swelled to 34-22 on a '3' from Bandrowski a minute later, but RIT closed out the half on a 15-10 run and trailed by seven at halftime.
Chamberlain hit a layup for a 49-40 edge three minutes into the second half, but RIT answered with a 9-0 run to pull even at 49 with 14:19 remaining.
Stuart hit a jumper for a 60-58 lead with 10:16 remaining, but that would be Keuka's last lead of the game. RIT used a 12-0 run over a stretch of three minutes to seize control for good.
The Green and Gold travel to Gallaudet (D.C.) University for a 3 p.m. North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) clash Saturday afternoon before returning home for a 7 p.m. non-conference game with Alfred University Tuesday night.