Keuka College Rallies for 55-54 Victory Over Alfred State

Keuka College Rallies for 55-54 Victory Over Alfred State

ALFRED, N.Y. – The Keuka College Women's Basketball team overcame a five-point halftime deficit as they defeated Alfred State College 55-54 on Saturday afternoon.

Keuka College (2-4, 0-3 NEAC) has nearly a month off until their next game for the holiday break. The Wolves will return to action on January 7 as they travel to Cazenovia College.

Katie Stuart led Keuka College with 14 points. She was joined in double figures by fellow senior Courtney Boyea, who finished with 11 points. Freshman Niki Templeton led the Wolves with a career-high 11 rebounds and Tiffany Binion added three blocks in the win.  

Keuka College's defense was on display on Saturday as they allowed Alfred State to go only 22-76 from the field and 1-22 from three point territory.

Courtney Boyea drained a three in to tie the game at 4-4 in the opening minutes against Alfred State. The Pioneers responded, however and led 16-13 after the first quarter.

The Wolves increased their defense in the early minutes of the second quarter and turned that defense into offense. A 9-0 run by Keuka highlighted the quarter. It was capped twice by good defensive plays leading to fast-break layups by Niki Templeton and Arianna DeNault, giving Keuka a 25-22 lead with 3:44 left in the half. Keuka would be held scoreless for the remainder of the half, however, as the Pioneers closed with eight unanswered points to lead 30-25 at the half.

Keuka College came out of the halftime break fast, scoring the first eight points of the half to regain the lead, 33-30. Once again Alfred State put a run together to take the lead back from the Wolves. A triple by Boyea tied the game back up and a layup by Stuart gave Keuka a 40-38. The Pioneers tied the game at 40 in the final minutes and the game would go to the final quarter with the two teams level at 40-40.

Alfred State took a quick 44-40 lead over Keuka College. The Wolves responded with seven unanswered to take the lead at 47-44. After the Pioneers tied the game at 47-47, Keuka scored five straight to take their final lead of the game. Alfred State made a three in the final seconds, their first of the game, but it was not enough as Keuka College defeated Alfred State 55-54 on Saturday.