Fisher women fight, but lose at home to Stevens

Courtesy of athletics.SJFC.edu

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College women’s basketball team suffered its second Empire 8 Conference defeat of the season on Saturday afternoon, as the Cardinals fell to Stevens, 56-46, inside Manning and Napier Gymnasium. With the loss, Fisher falls to 8-5 overall and 2-2 in the conference, while the Ducks improve to 8-6 overall and 3-2 in the Empire 8.

The Ducks set the tempo early on in the first quarter after storming out to a 6-0 lead before back-to-back layups from Mallory Wood and Ella Eckert cut it to a one-possession affair.

As the quarter progressed, Stevens would push its advantage back to five points, but the Cardinals found their rhythm to the tune of a 12-2 run including a 3-pointer by Erin Hulbert at the buzzer to stake the home team to a five-point lead of its own, 16-11, heading into the second period.

Trailing by two possessions to begin the stanza, Stevens pulled to within two points before Sydney Masna kicked it out to Miranda Lynch (Webster Thomas) at the top of the key for a 3-pointer that made it a 21-15, but the offense went cold from the field over the final four minutes of play as Stevens was able to string together an 11-4 burst to hold a 28-25 cushion at the break.

Coming out of the halftime break, both sides traded buckets back-and-forth in an effort to gain the early momentum. Consecutive three-pointers from Lynch would eventually give Fisher a two point advantage late in third, however Stevens was able to battle back and regain a four point lead heading into the final frame.

From there, Stevens was able to hold the Cardinals to just four fourth quarter points as well cause 30 Fisher turnovers throughout, as the Ducks scored 10 in the final quarter to earn their third conference victory of the season.

Lynch would lead the way for Fisher with a career-high 10 points to go along with three rebounds off of the bench. Both Hulbert and Wood would each add eight points apiece, while Elle Lazore pitched in a team-high seven rebounds.

The Cardinals return to action at 5:30 pm on Tuesday when they travel down to Elmira for another Empire 8 Conference battle.

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