Women's Hoops Hangs with Lancaster Bible

Junior Mackenzie Cole scored 12 points in Friday night's 54-47 loss to Lancaster Bible College.
Junior Mackenzie Cole scored 12 points in Friday night's 54-47 loss to Lancaster Bible College.

Senior Erica Pendrak (New Hartford, N.Y./New York Mills) and Mackenzie Cole (Ogdensburg, N.Y./Ogdensburg Free Academy) each scored 12 points, but the Keuka College women's basketball team fell to Lancaster Bible College 54-47 Friday night inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.

It is the sixth time in the last seven games Pendrak has reached double-figures in scoring. For Cole, she equaled her career high in just 28 minutes of action for the Wolfpack (2-9, 2-5 NEAC).

Pendrak shot 46.2 percent from the floor (6 of 13) and added 4 assists with 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Cole added four steals with four rebounds and did most of her scoring from beyond the arc, hitting 3 of 5 three-pointers.

Sophomore Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, N.Y./Tupper Lake) added six points with five rebounds, while classmates Samantha Blum (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie) and Chinyere Ukwu (Roosevelt, N.Y./St. Dominic) each snared six rebounds in the loss for Keuka.

The Wolfpack, who trailed 28-20 at halftime, saw the deficit grow to 43-33 when Aubrey Folger (17 points, 12 rebounds) hit a layup halfway through the second.

The deficit was 45-33 after a layup from Shanice Smith with 8:30 remaining, but Pendrak hit a pair of layups and Cole swished a '3' as the Green and Gold closed within 45-40 with 6:37 left.

A '3' from Cole pulled the Wolfpack within 47-43, and Pendrak made a layup to slice the deficit to 49-47 with 2:04 remaining.

But the Chargers hit five free throws down the stretch to earn the win.

Keuka fell behind 10-0 and 12-2 early on against Lancaster, but the Wolfpack went on a 10-0 run to pull even at 12. Sophomore Tally McDonald (Romulus, N.Y./Romulus) buried a triple with 9:34 remaining in the opening half to knot the score at 12. Cole and Stuart each added '3s' during the run.

Leading 14-13, the Chargers responded with an 8-0 run and held a 22-13 edge on a layup from Shanice Smith with 5:46 remaining.

Trailing 25-15, Kubitz knocked down a '3' and Stuart hit a layup as the Wolfpack closed within 25-20 with 32 seconds remaining. Stuart scored six points with four rebounds, while Cole had four points in the opening stanza.

The Wolfpack will host NEAC rival Penn State-Berks at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon.