Junior Mackenzie Cole (Ogdensburg, N.Y./Ogdensburg Free Academy) scored a career-high 13 points and sophomore Samantha Blum (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie) added eight rebounds with a career-high seven steals, but the Keuka College women's basketball team felt to Wells College 42-38 Wednesday night inside the Weed Physical Arts Center.
Sophomore Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, N.Y./Tupper Lake) added 10 points with five rebounds, and senior Erica Pendrak (New Hartford, N.Y./New York Mills) had 6 points with 4 assists and 2 steals in the loss.
The Wolfpack (3-10, 3-6 NEAC) lost despite allowing a season-low in points to the Express (5-10, 3-7).
Keuka, which trailed by as many as nine points in the second half, took a 38-37 lead when Pendrak drove into the lane and hit a turn-around jumper with 1:50 remaining.
It capped the Wolfpack's rally from a nine-point deficit in the half, as Wells led 34-25 when Cassie Smythe hit a '3' halfway through the second.
Cole made a layup and buried a '3', but Smythe answered with a '3' to put the Express ahead 37-30 with 6:25 remaining.
Cole and senior Amanda Kubitz (Spencerport, N.Y./E.J. Wilson) each knocked down triples to slice the deficit to one, 37-36 with 3:46 remaining.
Pendrak then hit a jumper for Keuka's first lead of the second half. Smythe then made the last of her five '3's for a 40-38 Express edge, and the Green and Gold missed three layups and a pair of free throws to clinch the win for Wells.
Stuart and Cole each scored five points, Blum added four rebounds with four steals, Pendrak had four points and Kubitz had three rebounds with three steals in the opening half, but the Wolfpack trailed 23-20 at halftime.
Keuka lost despite holding Wells to 33.3 percent shooting (14 of 42). The Green and Gold shot 54.5 percent from beyond the arc (6 of 11), but hit only 28.6 percent of its shots from the floor 14 of 49).
Smythe led Wells with 15 points on 5 of 9 shooting on '3s'.
Keuka returns to action Saturday with a 1 p.m. NEAC clash against Morrisville State.