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SUNY Canton women drop Fee Tournament opener; SLU drops season debut

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CANTON - The Albany College of Pharmacy stretched a 19-15 halftime lead into a 54-55 win over host SUNY Canton in the first round of the Kevin Fee Memorial Tournament on Friday.

Kaitlin Myers anchored the Canton cause with a game-high double-double made up of 16 points and 17 rebounds to go along with four blocks. Alicia Uhlein chipped in eight points while former Salmon River standout Karyss Terrance tallied six points and seven boards as the Kangaroos slipped to 1-1.

Taylor Sullivan paced Albany with 13 points followed by Kelsey Johnson with 10 while Alexa Schooley and Alyson Johnson grabbed 11 rebounds apiece as the Panthers improved to 2-0.

The Kangaroos will look to get back on track this afternoon against Bard College starting at 2 p.m. while Albany takes on SUNY Morrisville beginning at noon. Bard outlasted Morrisville 53-51 in the other first round game on Friday.

Bard 53, SUNY Morrisville 51: It took all of one game for the Bard College women’s basketball team to match its win total from a year ago.

And it took the greatest debut performance by any player in Bard College history to pull it out.

Freshman Tytravia Riley, playing in her first collegiate contest, led all scorers with 23 points and all rebounders with 16 as the Raptors opened the season with a victory for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

Bard shot just 23 percent from the field in the first half and trailed 21-19 at the break. It was ugly. But Riley came out firing in the second half, scoring 13 of Bard’s first 16 points as the Raptors got even, then pulled slightly ahead. Bard’s lead never got bigger than three through most of the second half, and the game was tied for the final time at 45-45 with 4:59 remaining.

An old-fashioned three-point play by Riley gave the Raptors a 48-45 lead with 4:43 left, and the Mustangs never got the lead again. But it took two clutch plays down the stretch to allow Bard to keep the lead in the final moments.

SLU FALLS IN OPENER

The University of Rochester shot 58% from the field en route to a 79-55 win over the St. Lawrence University women’s basketball team in its season opener at the Chuck Resler Tournament on Friday night.

St. Lawrence was led by sophomore Kara McDuffee’s game-high 20 point performance, which was also her career high. First-year student Lauren Quattrocchi joined McDuffee in double figures for the Saints, as she contributed 12 points in her collegiate debut. Junior co-captain Cassie St. Hilaire and rookie Amanda Roberts also combined for 14 points.

Rochester, which took a 41-28 lead into half time, was led by Ally Zywicki’s 17 points, while Loren Wagner, Breanna Madrazo and Paige Aleski each scored 10 points apiece for the Yellowjackets.

The Saints came to within eight points (46-38) early in the second half, but Zywicki hit a three-pointer to spark a 15-3 run that put the game out of reach, allowing the home team to cruise to the 79-55 victory.

The Saints will take on St. John Fisher today at 3 p.m. in the second day of the Chuck Resler Tournament.

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