Cortland Comeback Falls Short in 67-63 Loss at New Paltz

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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – Cortland reduced a 17-point second-half deficit to two but the comeback ended just short as the Red Dragons lost at New Paltz, 67-63, in a SUNYAC women's basketball matchup.

Tanna Mohammed (Huntington/Elwood-John H. Glenn) led Cortland (5-8, 1-6 SUNYAC) with 14 points, including 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, in 23 minutes off the bench. Justine Crespo (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) added 13 points and five rebounds and Katie Carey (Greene) made all three of her field goal attempts and finished with a career-high tying seven points.

Kristy Vitucci (Deer Park) also scored seven points and dished out three assists. Meghan Flanagan (Rochester/Brighton) tallied six points, four rebounds and three assists and Alaina Lynch (Staten Island/Staten Island Tech) led the team with a career-best six rebounds.

Rachel Simon and Lindsay Bettke combined for 51 points for the Hawks (10-4, 6-1 SUNYAC). Simon scored 26 points on 9-of-16 shooting and Bettke rang up 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting. They each made four 3-pointers. Paige Niemeyer led the team with five rebounds and Madison Van Pelt finished with six points and four assists.

New Paltz led 14-9 after one quarter and extended its lead to 12 late in the first half before entering the halftime locker room up 31-21. The Hawks increased their advantage to 17 at 46-29 on a Bettke 3-pointer with less than five minutes left in the third quarter.

Cortland went on an 11-2 run over the next three minutes, starting with a Carey 3-point play and another layup and capped by 3-pointers from Mohammed and Vitucci to close the gap to eight. The Red Dragons trailed by 10 entering the fourth but whittled the deficit to four at 57-53 with 4:19 left and eventually got as close as two points at 63-61 on a Crespo layup with just under a minute left. Crespo was fouled on the shot but missed the ensuing free throw.

New Paltz pushed the lead to five when Simon hit a layup off a backdoor cut, was fouled and made the free throw with 17 seconds remaining. Cortland missed a 3-pointer on its next trip down the court and Bettke made one of two free throws with four seconds left. Crespo's layup at the buzzer created the final margin.

Cortland shot 41 percent overall and 35 percent (8-of-23) from the arc. New Paltz finished at 46 percent overall and 32 percent (8-of-25) from long distance.

Cortland will host Potsdam in a league game on Friday at 5:30 p.m.