No. 24 RIT women end drought against Yellowjackets

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ROCHESTER, NY — The No. 24 RIT (2-0) women’s basketball team defeated the University of Rochester (0-1) 70-59 Tuesday evening in non-league action from Clark Gym. It is RIT’s first win over the Yellowjackets since the 1997-98 season.

Junior Brooke Stanley (Minnetonka, MN/Benilde-St. Margaret’s) led the Tigers with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Sabrina Wolfe (Troy, NY/Troy) tallied 11 points and 13 rebounds, while Tara Lynch (Green Township, NJ/Newton) scored 17 points and had eight rebounds for the Tigers, who shot 34.7 percent from the floor. Cori Okada (Fullerton, CA/Troy) added nine points and eight assists, while Alyssa Juergens (Rochester, NY/Hilton) had nine points and four boards.

“It was a great win for our program,” said RIT head coach Amy Reed. “The team did a great job of taking the game plan to the floor and making the necessary adjustments along the way.”

Ally Forness led Rochester with 13 points, while Lena Ethington tallied six points and had 10 rebounds. Brenna James tallied nine points, while Julianna Okoniewski and Kenna Lauer each had eight points for the Yellowjackets who shot 47.5 percent from the floor.

RIT led 16-14 after the first quarter and 40-32 at the halftime. Stanley led the Tigers with eight first-half points, while Tessa Ludwick led Rochester with five points.

The Tigers outscored Rochester 18-7 in the third quarter to lead 58-39 after 30 minutes of play. Rochester came back in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Tigers 20-12 to make it a 70-59 final.

RIT gained a slight dose of revenge on the Yellowjackets, who ended the Tigers storybook 2017-18 season in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Tonight’s win marked the ,  second time in program history that the Tigers defeated their cross-town rivals.

RIT is back in action on Friday evening, making the trip to face The College of New Jersey for a 5 p.m. tip-off. The two teams met in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, with RIT rallying from a double-digit deficit to win, 79-76.

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