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Williams dominates paint, leads Lady Wildcats to 75-59 victory over Morrisville State

Release courtesy of Eugenio Mercurio, SUNYIT SID

UTICA, NY – SUNYIT junior Tamara Williams (Rome, NY/Rome Free Academy) finished with game highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the SUNYIT women’s basketball team to a 75-59 victory over the visiting Morrisville State Mustangs in their final home game of the regular season at the Campus Center Gymnasium Wednesday. The Lady Wildcats have won six straight contests and are 15-8 overall, while Morrisville fell to 3-21 on the year.

Morrisville had no answer inside for the 6-foot-1 Williams, who got all 11 of her buckets within the paint area and grabbed 13 defensive and five offensive boards to record her ? double-double of the season. She even contributed when being double teamed in the post, finding her teammates for easy baskets and finishing with six assists on the night.

Despite Williams’ big game, Morrisville had control of the contest early, as the Mustangs never trailed through most of the first half and built an eight-point lead, 25-17, with 9:32 left before the break. SUNYIT would rally from there, using a 19-6 run to close out the half and go into intermission up five, 36-31.

The Wildcats kept the momentum going in the second half, as they never relinquished their lead and would go by as much as 16 en route to the victory.

Freshman Kayla McNeil (Stillwater, NY/Stillwater) scored 13 points, grabbed seven boards and blocked two shots for SUNYIT, while junior Taylor Topping (Bronx, NY/Preston) registered 10 points, eight rebounds and three steals. Sophomore Caitlin Cottell (Eaton Town, NJ/Red Bank Catholic) had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, while fellow classmate Kwanisha Jones (Philadelphia, NY/Indian River) dished out a game-high seven assists and added three steals. Senior Michelle Taylor (Rome, NY/Cayuga CC), who was honored before the game for Senior Night, contributed to the last two baskets of the game for SUNYIT, hitting a layup and then assisting Williams on the final play of the contest.

Katrina Brown scored 17 points to lead Morrisville, while Tekesha Hanson finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and game-high four steals and Irena Longworth scored 13 points.

The Wildcats will look to continue their winning ways when they close out the season in Pennsylvania this weekend, taking on Penn State Abington Saturday at noon and Penn State Berks Sunday at 1:00 pm.