GENESEO – The SUNY Geneseo Knights women’s basketball team clinched the number one overall seed and a first-round bye in the SUNY Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Tournament and extended their winning streak to 13 as they defeated the Oswego Lakers 72-59 on Tuesday, February 17.
Senior forward Shannon McGinnis led the way for the Knights with 13 points and 13 rebounds in her 13th double-double of the season. Junior forward Allison McKenna played a key role in the win with 15 points and nine rebounds. Sophomore guard Kara Houppert added 11 points of her own.
“I’m happy we were able to reach one of our goals set at the beginning of the season and host the conference tournament on our home court,” said Knights Head Coach Scott Hemer. “We’ve reached the finals the last two seasons but had to go through someone else’s gym so clinching the top seed is exciting for us. While I’m happy we’ve reached this goal, I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Although the game remained a tight contest for much of the first half, the Knights ultimately entered halftime with a 10 point lead thanks to a three point play from McGinnis just before the whistle. The Knights continued to build on their lead throughout the second half but it was a 12-1 run ended by a three-pointer from junior guard Dana Cohan that put the Lakers in the rearview.
As the number one seed, the Knights will host the semi-finals and finals of the SUNYAC Tournament on February 27 and 28, with game times still to be announced.
The Knights (19-4, 15-1 SUNYAC) will travel to face Potsdam Friday, February 20 at 7:30 p.m. They will play their final game of the regular season at Plattsburgh on Saturday, February 21 at 4 p.m.