Courtesy of athletics.SJFC.edu
ALFRED, N.Y. – The St. John Fisher College women’s basketball team used a 26-point third quarter to conquer the Alfred University Saxons on Tuesday, 65-46, in an Empire 8 tilt inside Terry S. Galanis Family Arena. With the triumph, Fisher, which has now won its last four games and has posted 44 wins in 46 all-time meetings with Alfred, improved to 14-6 overall and 8-3 in the conference standings while the Saxons moved to 6-13 and 2-8 in Empire 8 play.
After dominating the ball on the defensive end of the floor and holding Alfred to just 20 percent shooting from the field in the first half, Fisher opened up the third quarter with a double-digit lead, 27-14. It didn’t take the visitors long to extend their advantage after scoring eight of the third quarter’s first 10 points including back-to-back 3-pointers from Erin Hulbert and Miranda Lynch to open up a 19-point edge.
With the momentum in Fisher’s corner, Alfred was able to turn defense in to offense as the Saxons countered with an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to 11 points with just over six minutes to play in the frame.
As the period wore on, Fisher’s lead would eventually grow to 22 points as the Cardinals poured it on with a 9-2 burst before a final-second basket from Alfred made it 53-33 with 10 minutes to go in the contest.
As the fourth quarter got underway, the Cardinals’ cushion would balloon to 25 points when Mallory Wood capped off an 8-0 run with a jumper to push the margin to 63-38 with time winding down. The Saxons were never able to pose a serious threat to Fisher’s lead as the Cardinals held their opponent to just 18 made field goals in the game while creating 17 turnovers.
Hulbert led the scoring output for Fisher with 15 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes while Wood finished with 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting overall. Lynch added eight points in the win while Leah Koonmen contributed seven points in all.
As a team, Fisher shot a season-high 52 percent (26-for-50) from the floor and was 7-of-20 from behind the 3-point arc. The Cardinals also controlled the glass and out-rebounded their host, 43-20, with 11 offensive rebounds.
Up next, Fisher makes the short trip to Nazareth at 5:30 p.m. on Friday when the Cardinals matchup with the Golden Flyers in Kidera Gymnasium.