Wolves Win NEAC Championship

Keuka College wins its 8th NEAC Women's Basketball Championship
Keuka College wins its 8th NEAC Women's Basketball Championship

MARCY, N.Y. — The Keuka College Women's Basketball team led the entire way as the defeated tournament hosts SUNY Poly 72-60 to win the eighth North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship in program history.

Keuka College (21-5) will advance to the NCAA Division 3 Women's Basketball Tournament starting next weekend. It is the first NCAA the Women's Basketball team since 2012 and will be the fifth berth overall.

Reighly Melochick led the Wolves with 20 points against the Wildcats. Sophomore Sam Laranjo scored 12 points and had 10 assists in earning Tournament MVP honors.

Keuka College 72 at SUNY Poly 60 – NEAC Championship Game

The Wolves took the lead early on Sunday behind quality defense. Keuka College forced multiple shot clock violations as they built and early lead. The Wolves led 18-12 as the break.

Keuka College continued to attack in the second. They used screens and cuts to get behind the Wildcat defense. In the first half, Keuka College outscored SUNY Poly 24-4 in the paint. Keuka led 33-21 with two minutes left in the half, but SUNY Poly would hit a pair of threes, including one with three seconds left. Keuka College remained ahead 33-27.

After an opening basket by the Wildcats, Keuka College scored 14 unanswered points to build a 45-29 lead. SUNY Poly responded, cutting the Keuka College lead down to eight points at 49-41. That score was looking to hold into the fourth until Keuka College got a defensive stop and Niki Templeton banked in a jumper at the buzzer to give the Wolves a 51-41 lead after three quarters.

SUNY Poly attempted to make a comeback in the fourth as the cut the lead down. A Poly layup made it a seven-point game with six minutes left in the game, but a Riley Record three pushed the lead back to ten at 57-47. SUNY Poly worked the margin down to five points, but Melochick hit a key three-pointer for the Wolves and Lauren Anten followed that up with a layup to reestablish a 10-point lead at 68-58 with 1:16 left to play. Keuka College continued onto the 72-60 victory to win the North Eastern Athletic Conference Championship.

KC Notes

  • The Wolves snapped a 10 game losing streak to SUNY Poly. Keuka College is 18-11 all-time against Poly
  • Keuka College is now 8-2 in school history in NEAC Championship Games
  • Keuka College has now won 11 straight games
  • Sam Laranjo was named Tournament MVP, scoring 29 points and recording 18 assists in the two games
  • The Keuka College defense stepped up with five blocks on Sunday. The Wolves now have 130 this season, most ever in school history

Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves will now wait for the announcement of the field and pairings for the 2018 NCAA DIII Women's Basketball Tournament. It will be announced at 2:30pm on Monday, February 26 on NCAA.com