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Buff State women's basketball rallies past Cortland, 70-67

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BUFFALO STATE ATHLETICS


BUFFALO --  Liv LeBaron (Corning/Corning East) tallied 16 of her game-high 26 points in the second half as Buffalo State finished the contest on an 11-8 run to escape with a 70-67 SUNYAC victory over visiting Cortland this afternoon in the Sports Arena.
 
THE BASICS
FINAL SCORE: Buffalo State – 70, Cortland – 67    
LOCATION: Sports Arena – Buffalo, N.Y.
RECORDS: Buffalo State (7-2, 2-1 SUNYAC), Cortland (3-5, 1-3 SUNYAC)
 
HOW IT HAPPENED
  • LeBaron paced the Bengals' offense while adding six rebounds and three assists.
  • Katie Villarini (Hamburg/Hamburg) finished with 22 points, four assists and three steals in 39 minutes played.
  • Princella McCullough (Rochester/Bishop Kearney) added seven points and a game-high 13 rebounds.
  • Buffalo State and Cortland traded points for much of the first quarter until a pair of Red Dragon free throws gave the visitors a 17-16 lead after 10 minutes of action.
  • The Bengals responded with 13-9 run to start the second frame, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Grace Licata (Williamsville/Williamsville South) that gave Buffalo State a 29-26 lead.
  • Buffalo State continued the momentum as it used a layup from LeBaron to take a 38-33 halftime lead.
  • After the Bengals extended their lead to 45-35 on a layup from Licata with 6:33 left in the third frame, but the Red Dragons ended the third period on a 11-1 run to even the score at 46-46 at the final intermission.
  • Both teams matched each other point-for-point for much of the fourth quarter until a 3-pointer by LeBaron with 2:31 left gave Buffalo State a 66-64 lead.
  • After Buffalo State extended its lead to 68-64 on the next possession, Cortland connected on a 3-point shot to trim the lead to 68-67.
  • A pair of Bengal free throws by LeBaron and Jenna Faulkner (Lockport/Starpoint) pushed the lead back to 70-67 with four seconds left. LeBaron came up with the steal off the inbounds play, on the next possession, to seal the victory.
  • Buffalo State held a 14-5 edge in fast break points, while the Red Dragons finished with a 28-3 advantage in bench production.
 
FOR THE FOES
  • Shannon McQuire led the Red Dragons with 23 points and added three rebounds.
  • Meghan Flanagan added 15 points and five rebounds, while Kristy Vitucci tallied 14 points on four of 10 shooting from the 3-point line.

NOTEWORTHY
  • With the victory, Buffalo State improves on its best start to the season since the 2013-14 season when the Bengals started off the season 10-2.
 
UP NEXT                 
Buffalo State will take an extended break for the holidays before returning to the court for a non-conference contest against D'Youville on Jan. 2.

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