Fisher women open tourney with win over Hilbert

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PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College women’s basketball team moved to 2-0 on the season behind a 66-56 win over visiting Hilbert College on Friday in the first annual Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Tournament inside Manning and Napier Varsity Gymnasium on Bobby Wanzer Court.  Hilbert, meanwhile, slipped to 2-2 on the year with the loss.

Sydney Masna led the way for Fisher with 16 points on 5-of-14 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, five assists and three steals.  Mallory Wood added 13 points of her own in the win while Leah Koonmen (Our Lady of Mercy) finished with 10 points and six boards.  Sophomore Olivia Baumann contributed 14 points and four rebounds while senior Erin Hulbert chipped in with three points, six rebounds and a game-high eight assists.

As a team, Fisher was 26-for-70 from the floor and buried seven 3-pointers in the win.  The Cardinals spread the wealth with 18 assists on 26 made baskets and forced the Hawks in to 20 turnovers overall.

After falling behind in the early minutes of the opening quarter, Fisher’s offense got going as Masna and Koonmen buried back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Cardinals an 8-4 edge.  From there, Fisher controlled the tempo on both ends of the floor as head coach Melissa Kuberka‘s squad held Hilbert to just one point over the final six minutes of play to bring a 17-5 cushion into the second period.

Fisher’s lead would grow to 15 after Baumann connected from downtown before the Hawks cut the deficit to 12 points with a 3-pointer of their own, but another Cardinals’ run, this time a 10-3 burst, extended the home team’s advantage to 19 points, 30-11, with 6:21 left to play before halftime.

Both teams traded baskets down the stretch until a modest 4-0 run by the Hawks sent both teams into the break with Fisher leading 40-27.

As the second half got underway, the two teams continued to swap possessions until the Cardinals produced seven unanswered points including a three in the corner by Hulbert to hold a 21-point lead, 53-32.

In the fourth quarter, the momentum shifted as Hilbert used a 7-0 run to pull to within 10 points, 59-49, but that was as close as the Hawks would get as Fisher maintained a double-digit lead through the final horn.

Fisher will be back in action at 3 p.m. on Saturday when it plays either Anna Maria or SUNY Poly in the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa Championship game inside manning and Napier Varsity Gymnasium.

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