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Morrisville State women top Cazenovia 54-45

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s basketball team collected their fourth win in five games, topping host Cazenovia College 54-45 in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) action Saturday afternoon in Cazenovia.

Morrisville State improves to 6-11 overall and pulls even in conference play with a 5-5 record. Cazenovia drops to 5-12, 4-6 in the NEAC.

Nijee Scott (Bronx, N.Y.) came off the bench to lead Morrisville State with 18 points, adding 10 boards for her fourth double-double on the season, while teammate Jenna March (Munnsville, N.Y.) posted a season best 12 points and eight rebounds. Tierra Hollins-Hill (Bronx, N.Y.) rounded out top scorers for the Mustangs with 10 points. Jocelyn Paige (East Patchogue, N.Y.) grabbed a collegiate best 11 rebounds to lead Morrisville State on the glass.

Cazenovia’s Megan McDermott tallied 21 points to lead all scoring on the day, adding 10 rebounds, while Megan Pomarico added six points and a team high 11 rebounds.

Morrisville State led 17-14 after a poor shooting first half (16.7 percent), and played to a back and forth second period, until the 11th minute, when they took the lead for the remainder of the contest. With 8:54 remaining on the clock, Scott hit a jumper to give the Mustangs the one point lead, fueling a 7-0 run by Morrisville for the five point advantage with 6:38 to go.

Cazenovia cut the lead to one with 3:06 remaining on a shot from Erin O’Malley, but Scott converted two free throws for the three point cushion. Morrisville State closed out the remainder of the contest on an 8-0 run, as Hollins-Hill posted three straight baskets for the Mustangs for the nine point victory.

Morrisville State hit a mere 19-of-76 shots from the floor (25 percent), converting just 15-of-32 free throws, while Cazenovia was 12-for-44 from the floor (27 percent). The Mustangs held the 23-8 advantage on the offensive glass over the Wildcats.

The Mustangs return to the floor Wednesday, traveling to Keuka College for a 8 p.m. tip-off.

Morrisville State College sets the world in motion for students. Curriculums are enriched with applied learning and pave the way for opportunity at both the Morrisville and Norwich campuses. An action-oriented, interactive learning lab, the college is a national leader in technology. Lauded for its exemplary, innovative and effective community service programs, the college was named to the 2010 President’s Higher Community Service Honor Roll. Visit www.morrisville.edu to experience, Morrisville in motion.