Cortland Women Make "15 in 15" Comeback to Defeat Oswego, 57-48

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OSWEGO, N.Y. – Cortland fought back from a 15-point deficit over the game's final 15 minutes and the Red Dragons defeated host Oswego, 57-48, in a SUNYAC women's basketball contest. Cortland (11-9, 7-6 SUNYAC) picked up its sixth straight league victory and is now alone in fourth place in the conference standings, one game ahead of Brockport and Fredonia, with five games remaining.

Kristy Vitucci (Deer Park) led Cortland with 16 points and a career-high tying nine rebounds. Shelby Dugan (Watervliet) scored 12 points, all in the second half, and matched her career best with three steals and Shana Crespo (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) added 11 points and grabbed four rebounds.
Also for the Red Dragons, Shannon McGuire (West Babylon) pulled down seven rebounds and set a career high with five steals. Tanna Mohammed (Huntington/Elwood-John H. Glenn) hit two crucial fourth-quarter 3-pointers and finished with six points and Jess Womble (Wheatley Heights/Half Hollow Hills East) added five points.
Ramatoulaye Sy led Oswego (2-18, 1-12 SUNYAC) with 15 points and 20 rebounds. Raiven Encarnacion scored 14 points and Rachael Windhausen had eight points, six rebounds and three blocks.
Oswego held Cortland to just two points in the first quarter and led 8-2 at the first period break. The lead grew to 15-2 on a Sy layup with 7:22 left in the second. The Red Dragons got back to within seven later in the period and trailed by 10 at halftime, 27-17.
The Lakers took their largest lead of the afternoon at 36-21 on an Erin Gantley 3-pointer with 4:58 left in the third quarter. Dugan scored five straight points on two free throws and a trey to cut the margin to 10. Down by 12, Cortland went on a 9-0 run, led by seven points from Crespo, over the final 2:35 of the quarter and trailed 38-35 with 10 minutes remaining.
The momentum continued early in the fourth as Cortland grabbed the lead after buckets from Womble and Dugan. Oswego held its final advantage at 41-39 with 7:28 left. Dugan made a foul shot at the 6:51 mark and Mohammed made 3-pointers at the 6:29 and 5:50 junctures to give Cortland a 46-41 lead.
Cortland's lead grew to nine on a Vitucci layup with 4:12 on the clock. Oswego, however, fought back and closed the gap to two at 50-48 on two Amanda Altes free throws with 1:40 left. With the shot clock about to expire, Vitucci hit a driving shot, got fouled, and made the ensuing free throw and Cortland led 53-48 with 1:05 left. She then sealed the win with four free throws over the final 18 seconds.
Cortland resumes action next weekend with games Friday at Plattsburgh and Saturday at Potsdam.