Women’s Hoops Falls to Penn College on Senior Day

Keuka College's women's basketball team suffered a 48-44 setback vs. Penn College Sunday on Senior Day (photo courtesy of Megan Chase, Keuka College Sports Information department).
Keuka College's women's basketball team suffered a 48-44 setback vs. Penn College Sunday on Senior Day (photo courtesy of Megan Chase, Keuka College Sports Information department).

Senior Amanda Kubitz (Spencerport, N.Y./E.J. Wilson) scored 13 points with 5 rebounds and 5 steals, and sophomore Katie Stuart (Tupper Lake, N.Y./Tupper Lake) added 14 points with six rebounds, but the Keuka College women's basketball team fell to Penn College 48-44 Sunday afternoon on Senior Day.

Senior Brittany Hadley (Jasper, N.Y./Jasper-Troupsburg) added nine points with five rebounds, sophomore Samantha Blum (Niskayuna, N.Y./Colonie) snared eight rebounds with three steals, and senior Erica Pendrak (New York Mills, N.Y./New York Mills) finished with 5 rebounds, 4 points and 3 assists for the Wolfpack (8-12, 7-8 NEAC).

The Wildcats (10-12, 10-7) limited the Wolfpack to 21.4 percent shooting (12 of 56), including 12 percent on three-pointers (3 of 25).

Keuka saw its five-game winning streak come to an end. The Green and Gold are currently tied with Wells College for third place in the North Eastern Athletic Conference's (NEAC) North Division.

The top three teams from each division, along with the fourth-place squad that wins the crossover contest, advance into the NEAC postseason tournament, Feb. 28-March 1.

Keuka has three conference games remaining to secure a postseason berth. The Green and Gold host Cazenovia College at 6 p.m. Wednesday night in the home finale.

The Green and Gold trailed by as many as 18 points, 36-18, with 14:59 remaining in the second half, before staging a second-half comeback.

The deficit was 44-30 when Stuart kick-started a 12-1 run with a pair of free throws with four minutes to play.

Stuart and Pendrak each added layups, Hadley knocked down a jumper, and Stuart hit four straight free throws to pull Keuka within 45-42 with 51 seconds remaining.

Jamie Steer hit a pair of free throws to push the Penn lead to 47-42, but Kubitz answered with two free throws to keep it a one-score game.

Following a steal by Blum, Keuka had two chances to cut into the lead but came up empty, and Penn College held on for the win.

Keuka's defense held Penn scoreless over the game's first 5:37. The Green and Gold started fast on offense and led 7-0 as Hadley hit a jumper, Kubitz swished a '3' and Pendrak hit a pair of free throws in the first 4:25.

Kubitz knocked down another triple for a 10-3 lead, but the Wildcats went on a 14-0 run and led 17-10 on a layup from Charese Bova with 8:08 remaining.

Keuka was able to pull within five points on several occasions down the stretch, including 21-16 on a layup from Hadley, but Penn ended the half on an 8-2 run and led 29-18 at intermission.

The Wildcats were led by Alicia Ross (16 points), Danielle Mowery (10 points), and Bova (15 rebounds, eight points).