Cortland Women Hold On to Defeat Visiting Plattsburgh, 65-54

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CORTLAND, N.Y. - Senior Kerry McHugh (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) scored 12 of her game-high 21 points in the final quarter as Cortland held off visiting Plattsburgh, 65-54, in a SUNYAC women's basketball contest.

With the win, Cortland remains in second place in the SUNYAC standings with a 6-1 record (7-5 overall). Plattsburgh dropped to 4-9 overall and 3-4 in the league with the loss.

McHugh made four 3-pointers and also finished with four assists and a career-high seven rebounds. Kristy Vitucci (Deer Park) scored eight points, Shana Crespo (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) totaled seven points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Justine Crespo (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) led the team with nine rebounds and dished out a career-best four assists. Joka Oyefeso (Staten Island/Port Richmond) finished with six points, four blocks, and a career-high seven rebounds.

Bella DePasquale paced Plattsburgh with 19 points, including five 3-pointers. Taylor Durnin tallied 11 points, Taylor Clare finished with nine points and 11 rebounds, and Christina Testa and Frannie Merkel each handed out three assists.

Cortland led 14-11 after one quarter and 32-24 at halftime. The Red Dragons shot only 28 percent from the floor in the half, but held Plattsburgh to 21 percent shooting over that stretch.

Cortland led by 14 points at 44-30 on an Oyefeso jumper with 3:01 left in the third, but Plattsburgh scored the final 10 points of the quarter, including two DePasquale 3-pointers, and was within 44-40 entering the final period.

McHugh, however, scored the first seven points of the fourth on two layups off feeds from Taylor Miller (Freeport), sandwiched around a 3-pointer, and Cortland led 51-40 with 7:47 remaining. The Cardinals eventually got back to within six at 60-54 on a Testa 3-pointer with 2:09 left, but McHugh eventually sank a free throw with 37 seconds left, followed by two J. Crespo free throws four seconds later. McHugh finished the scoring with two more free throws at the 17-second mark.

Cortland shot 44 percent in the second half and finished at 35 percent, while Plattsburgh ended at 26 percent for the game.

Cortland will host Potsdam Saturday at 1 p.m.