Nestler, Brockport edge Buffalo State to start new year

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – The College at Brockport women’s basketball team opened up 2019 with a nail biting 46-45 win over the Buffalo State Bengals. The Golden Eagles now improve to 5-6 on the season and 3-2 in conference play.

After a much-needed winter hiatus, the Green and Gold entered 2019 hungry for a win.

Brockport struggled to find success under the basket to start the game, quickly finding themselves at a deficit. With a strong layup under the basket by Emily Nestler (Rush-Henrietta) followed by a pretty jumper just inside the three-point line from Zaria McCullough, the team began to find their groove. Bailey Pratt continued the momentum, netting her first three pointer of the night. Despite their slow start, the Golden Eagles would lead the Bengals in each period going forward.

The Bengals and the Golden Eagles continued to battle through the first, swapping leads with each possession. Pratt lead the Green and Gold through the first, shooting 2-3 from the outside, and adding six points. Brockport’s ability to execute an all hands on deck mentality worked in their favor, putting them up 20-18.

Morgan Elmer put the Golden Eagles on the board first to start the second with a quick jumper in the paint. Julianna Taylor consequently fed off of Elmer’s shot, sinking a layup of her own after a steal by Nestler, giving the Green and Gold the largest lead (6) thus far in the game. Brockport’s ability to execute off the bench remained true, this time with Kylee Rosbrook leading the pack, sinking back to back shots, and putting nine on the board to increase the Golden Eagles lead to nine. Rosbrook continued her tear, adding two more layups, putting her at 13 points and four rebounds on the night with a whole lot of game left. Brockport was extremely successful in forcing the Bengals  to turn over the ball, allowing them to secure a 33-26 lead before the half.

Defense was key in the second half for the Golden Eagles as the offense fought to find the bottom of the net. The Green and Gold were able to hold the Bengals  to a mere four points in the third period, allowing them to lead through three periods. Rosbrook and Nestler were the driving forces for the Golden Eagles, collectively putting up nine of the teams 13 points in the second half. With shots not falling their way, Brockport allowed the Bengals to sneak up on them, keeping the score within five points through the final minute.

Ultimately the Golden Eagles were able to hold Buffalo State  long enough to secure a one point lead for the win. Rosbrook’s powerhouse performance helped the Green and Gold to a win, finishing the night with 18 points and eight rebounds.

Brockport is back in action this weekend for more conference play, taking on the SUNY New Paltz Hawks Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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