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Morrisville State women fall in season opener

UTICA, N.Y. – The Morrisville State College women’s basketball team opened the 2008-09 season campaign Wednesday night with a close 48-44 loss to SUNYIT in Utica.

Morrisville State trailed 29-31 at the half before going nearly eight minutes in the second half without a score as both teams shot just 16% from the floor.

Morrisville State’s Tekesha Hanson (Queens, NY/Mohawk Valley CC) led all scorers on the night with 16, adding two steals and two rebounds to the Mustang tallies while freshman Courtney Terzi (Little Falls, NY/Little Falls) added 11 points and eight boards in the loss.

SUNYIT’s Tamara Williams led the Wildcats with 14 in the win, hitting the go-ahead jumper with 1:13 remaining on the clock, breaking the seventh tie of the night in the contest. Williams added 11 rebounds as teammate Tiffany Holthouse registered a double-double with ten points and ten boards.

Morrisville State (0-1) returns to the court Saturday at the RIT Tournament against Mount Alyosius at 4 p.m.

Morrisville State enters its third year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2008. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 75 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.