Senior Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney) scored 17 points and freshman Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, NY/Tupper Lake) added 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Keuka College women's basketball team defeated Alfred University 65-64 Tuesday night inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.
Gravel added six rebounds and four assists and classmate Taylor Szwec (Candor, NY/Candor) scored 15 points with five rebounds and 3 assists as the Storm (6-4) held off the Saxons (5-7) from the Empire 8 Conference.
Senior Casey Chamberlain (Perry, NY/Perry) added seven points with six rebounds and junior Brittany Hadley (Jasper, NY/Jasper-Troupsburg) recorded 7 points with four rebounds as Keuka enjoyed a 50-40 rebounding edge, including 16-9 on the offensive glass.
The Green and Gold rallied from a seven-point second half deficit to win. The Storm trailed 51-44 after Emilea Harrison (14 points, nine rebounds) knocked down a '3' with 13:46 remaining.
Szwec jump-started a 10-0 Keuka run by hitting a pair of free throws with 11:30 left, and Stuart and Hadley each hit jumpers, sophomore Mackenzie Cole (Ogdensburg, NY/Ogdensburg Free Academy) hit a pair of free throws and Gravel swished a jumper to put Keuka up 54-51 with 8:51 remaining.
Alfred took its last lead, 57-56 on a layup from Sarah Federico (eight points, 15 rebounds) with 5:42 left, but Gravel knocked down a jumper and Stuart added a layup to put the Storm up 60-57.
Harrison hit her fourth '3' of the contest to knot the score at 60, the 10th tie of the game, with 1:55 remaining, but Szwec answered with a '3' for a 63-60 lead.
Hailey Sick drove the lane and hit a layup to slice the Keuka lead to 63-62 with 1:10 remaining, but Hadley hit two free throws and the Storm held on for the win.
Gravel scored 9 first-half points and added 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals while Szwec added eight first-half points as the Storm took a 34-30 halftime lead.
Gravel continues to climb Keuka's all-time scoring list. With her effort against Alfred, the two-time first-team All-NEAC guard needs 26 points to become the 12th student-athlete in school history to surpass 1,000 career points.
The Green and Gold return home for an 8 p.m. North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) showdown with Penn State-Berks Friday night.