Courtesy of goBrockport.com
NEW PALTZ, N.Y. – After a nail biting win to start the 2019 half of their season, The College at Brockport women’s basketball team battled the New Paltz Hawks Friday night for their sixth SUNYAC matchup. The Golden Eagles struggled to find their momentum, falling to the Hawks 60-47, putting them at 5-7 on the season and an even 3-3 in conference play.
Despite a slow start, the Golden Eagles kept themselves evenly matched with the Hawks through the first ten minutes. Emily Nestler (Rush-Henrietta), Morgan Elmer, and Kylee Rosbrook led the offensive front through the first, collectively putting up 15 of the teams 17 points. Turnovers proved to be the biggest issue for the Green and Gold through the first half of the game, however, much of what the Golden Eagles allowed in turnovers they made up for under the basket, collecting 21 total rebounds.
Elmer stepped up the plate for the Golden Eagles offensively in the first half, notching nine of her 10 points and two assists. Nestler put up nine points for the Green and Gold in the first half as well, while also adding eight rebounds.
The Hawks dominated the start of the third period, holding the Golden Eagles scoreless through the first four minutes. Nestler continued to hold up her end for the Green and Gold, putting up four of the team’s six points in the third. Even though Brockport put up a fight under both baskets with 10 more rebounds, the team allowed the Hawks to pick up a 15-point lead, 49-34.
Julianna Taylor opened up the fourth period with a quick jumper, putting the Golden Eagles on the board first. With both teams in double bonus, the Golden Eagles looked to take advantage of the foul situation offensively. A few timely free throws by Nestler, Elmer, and Chelsea Henry as well as Taylor’s six fourth-quarter points allowed the Green and Gold to close the gap slightly, however fouls in the final minutes of the game gave the Hawks the opportunity to secure their lead for the win.
Nestler finished the night with one of her strongest performances thus far, putting up a double-double, 15 points and 13 rebounds.
The Golden Eagles are back in action tomorrow afternoon to take on the Oneonta Red Dragons at 2 p.m. before returning home.