By John Boccacino/Sports Information Director
Senior Danielle Gravel (Sidney, NY/Sidney) scored 13 points and became just the 12th student-athlete with 1,000 career points as the Keuka College women's basketball team defeated SUNY Cobleskill 72-56 Wednesday night.
Gravel surpassed 1,000 career points when she buried a '3' with 14:48 remaining in the second half to put the Storm (7-5, 6-1 North Eastern Athletic Conference) up 49-34.
Gravel, a two-time first-team All-NEAC guard, scored seven of Keuka's first 15 points as the Storm surged out to a 15-2 lead in the first four minutes and 20 seconds.
After Gravel surpassed the 1,000 point mark, the game was stopped, an announcement was read on the court and Gravel received a round of applause from the fans.
"It was very exciting to get to 1,000 points," said Gravel, who had plenty of family and friends watching her reach the milestone.
"I knew everyone expected me to hit a '3' to get to 1,000 points and I was so excited when it went in. I was very nervous about the game, my family came to watch so that put more pressure on me to get there while they were watching."
Freshman Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, NY/Tupper Lake) added a career-high 18 points on 57.1 percent shooting (8 of 14), and contributed 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks while senior Jessica Bandrowski (Center Moriches, NY/Center Moriches) came off the bench to score 20 points with four rebounds in the win over Cobleskill (3-12, 2-6 NEAC).
Gravel connected on 50 percent of her shots (5 of 10), including going 3 of 4 on '3's while Bandrowski shot 66.7 percent (8 of 12) in her first game back since Dec. 8, 2013.
Senior Taylor Szwec (Candor, NY/Candor) scored 7 points with 9 rebounds and 7 assists and freshman Chinyere Ukwu (Roosevelt, NY/St. Dominic) added career-highs in rebounds (12) and points (seven) to lead the Green and Gold to the season sweep of Cobleskill.
Stuart scored 12 points as Keuka raced out to a 25-12 lead with 8:14 remaining in the opening half en route to a 36-24 halftime lead.
Cobleskill scored the first eight points of the second half to claw within 36-32 on a layup from Samantha Davis with 17:50 remaining, but Bandrowski converted a three-point play, Stuart knocked down a jumper and Gravel hit a '3' to cap a 13-2 run as Keuka led 49-34 with 14:48 remaining.
Keuka led by at least 11 points the rest of the way and breezed to the sweep of Cobleskill.
For Gravel, the performance against Cobleskill served in stark contrast to Friday night's 60-46 home loss to Penn State-Berks. Gravel said she and her teammates were determined to erase any memories of the loss to Berks with a dominant performance against Cobleskill.
"My teammates and I, we all wanted to win this game so badly, especially coming off the loss to Berks," said Gravel, who became the third student-athlete to reach 1,000 career points in the last two years, joining Bandrowski and Mariah Mouzon (Elmira, NY/Elmira Free Academy).
"Now we're getting on the right track. This win boosted our self-esteem and confidence, and hopefully this will help us win from here on out."
The Storm return home to face Morrisville State at 3 p.m. Saturday. Keuka handed Morrisville State a 65-42 setback on Nov. 26, 2013.