Courtesy of athletics.SJFC.edu
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College women’s basketball team was upended on Thursday evening as the Cardinals fell to the University of Rochester, 61-41, in the opening matchup of the Mark’s Pizzeria Crosstown Shootout at Nazareth College. With the loss, Fisher falls to 5-3 overall, while the Yellowjackets improve to 3-4 overall on the season.
Both teams battled back-and-forth early on as the game featured seven lead changes in the opening quarter. A late unconventional three-point play by Sydney Masna, gave Fisher an 11-8 advantage late in the first quarter. However, back-to-back layups and two free throws with three seconds remaining pushed Rochester ahead, 14-11, heading into the second quarter.
As the second period wore on, the margin continued to stay close as an Erin Hulbert lay-up pulled the Cardinals back to within two, at the 6:32 mark. From there, the Yellowjackets were able to finish off the second period with a nine to one scoring run, giving them a 28-18 advantage heading into the halftime break.
Fisher continued to battle as the third quarter got underway, when Elle Lazore cashed in a three-pointer to cut the Rochester lead to just eight once again, this time at 32-24. Much like the second quarter, the Yellowjackets used two more long-range baskets to their advantage, increasing their lead to 40-26. The Cardinals were able to cut the Rochester lead back to 10 as Hulbert and Masna traded buckets to close out the third quarter of play.
Mallory Wood cut the Rochester lead back to eight with two early free throws to start off the fourth quarter for the Cardinals. However it was Rochester able to grab the momentum from there, as the Yellowjackets finished off the final six minutes of the fourth quarter with a late 15-3 scoring run.
In all, three Cardinals finished in double-figures as Masna led the way with 11 points, while Hulbert and Wood each added 10 points apiece. Leah Koonmen (Our Lady of Mercy) and Wood would lead Fisher with seven rebounds apiece, while Hulbert and Lazore both pitched in three assists.
As a team, Fisher would finish the non-conference matchup with 12 steals on the defensive end, along with eight second chance points.
Fisher will return to action at 6 p.m. on Saturday for its second matchup of the Mark’s Pizzeria Crosstown Shootout versus RIT, once again on the campus of Nazareth College.