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Cazenovia women's basketball dominates in win over Morrisville

Release courtesy of Brandon Holt, Cazenovia SID

CAZENOVIA, N.Y. – Senior Colleen Clarke (Johnson City, NY) scored a game-high 24 points and nabbed 10 steals for the Cazenovia College women’s basketball team as the Wildcats cruised to a 73-42 victory over the visiting Morrisville State Mustangs Saturday afternoon.

The win pushed Cazenovia’s overall record to 4-8, while the Mustangs fell to 3-12.

Freshman Megan McDermott (Greene, NY) dominated inside in the first half and finished the game with 15 points and seven rebounds. Fellow freshman Cassi Hall (Mexico, NY) chipped in 14 and senior Amanda Thomas (Saratoga Springs, NY) grabbed a game-high 11 boards. Junior Samantha Allen (Sackets Harbor, NY) turned in a nice all-around effort with five points, five rebounds, six assists (one turnover) and three steals.

The Wildcats controlled this one from the tip, storming out to a 17-2 lead in the first six minutes and change. Morrisville had trouble handling Cazenovia’s full-court press and turned the ball over 21 times in the first half alone. The Wildcats took advantage by scoring 17 points off of those miscues and held a 44-22 lead at the break.

Cazenovia kept their foot on the gas in the second half and led by as many as 37 points on two separate occasions. They forced 15 more turnovers and gained another 17 points off of them.

For the game, Cazenovia outscored Morrisville State in the paint, 40-12, despite being outrebounded, 52-45. They collected 18 steals and limited the Mustangs to 24 percent shooting. They also got out on the break to the tune of a 16-2 advantage.

Katrina Brown and Tekesha Hnason each had seven points to lead Morrisville.