Hess’ Career-High Leads Keuka College to NEAC Victory

Photo by Ed Webber
Photo by Ed Webber

KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – Freshman Abby Hess scored a career-high 19 points and added six rebounds as Keuka College defeated Cazenovia College 68-53 on Wednesday night in a North Eastern Athletic Conference Women's Basketball matchup.

Keuka College now stands at 2-3 on the season and 1-0 in conference play. They will be on the road this weekend as they travel to SUNY Cobleskill on Saturday and SUNY Poly on Sunday.

Hess provided Keuka will a presence in the paint. She shot 7-11 from the field and 5-7 from the line in her 20 minutes of action off the bench. For as well as Hess played, she did not lead the team in scoring. That distinction went to Katie Stuart. The senior had a game-high 20 points. She also added four rebounds, four steals, three assists and a pair of blocks. Lauren Anten and Courtney Boyea each added nine points in the win. Samantha Blum had a game high seven rebounds.

The Green and Gold looked to set tempo early against the Wildcats. Keuka College scored the first 17 points of the game. They controlled the glass and forced Cazenovia into turning over the ball. Keuka had 13 points off turnovers alone in the first half. Cazenovia got on the board with 2:20 left in the quarter as the Green and Gold led 17-2 after one quarter of play.

Keuka College was able to push the lead to 20 points on a three-pointer by Courtney Boyea halfway through the quarter. Keuka once again forced Wildcat turnovers that led to points. They held a 10-0 advantage in points off turnovers in the quarter and carried a 35-18 lead into halftime.

Cazenovia came out of the break and quickly cut into Keuka's lead. However back to back three-pointers by Katie Stuart pushed the margin back to 20 points with 6:26 left in the third. The Green and Gold were able to maintain the advantage for most of the quarter and led 53-34 after three.

Autumn Gavin got hot for Cazenovia in the fourth quarter. She scored all 14 of her points in the frame, with 12 of them coming off three-pointers. However Keuka utilized their size advantage down low. Every time with Wildcats attempted to put a run together, Keuka found Abby Hess in the post. The freshman either laid it in or went to the line to help extend the lead. The Green and Gold would go on to defeat the Wildcats 68-53 in their NEAC opener.