Maria Foglia and Kate Purcell scored 18 and 16 points, respectively, to lead the host Hartwick College women’s basketball to a 60-46 Empire 8 Conference semifinal victory over Stevens on Friday.
Hartwick (19-7) will host top-seeded Ithaca College (24-2) at 3 p.m. Saturday in the conference title game. The winner earns an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III tournament.
Ithaca, which has beaten Hartwick twice this season, advanced with a 64-54 win over St. John Fisher.
The Hawks led for all but two minutes and 56 seconds early in the first half.
But a Dylan Krause three-point basket cut the Hartwick lead to 42-37 with 6:56 remaining.
It stayed a five-point game for the next two minutes.
Empire 8 Rookie of the Year Brittney Dumas of Hartwick and the Ducks’ Miranda Ripken traded baskets before Foglia hit a layup with 4:19 to go that gave Hartwick a seven-point lead.
A layup by Hartwick’s Kait Veit started an 8-1 run that all but sealed it for the Hawks, who are trying to qualify for the NCAA tournament for the second straight season.
Foglia also had a game-high eight rebounds. Purcell grabbed seven rebounds and needs four points Saturday to reach 1,000.
In the first half, the Hawks used a 10-0 run to open up a 14-4 lead on the visiting Ducks. Purcell made a pair of three-pointers in the spurt. The Hawks’ edge grew to as much as 11 at the midway point of the first half and they were able to enter halftime with a 10-point lead, 31-21.
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Phil Schaefer scored four goals, and Harry Hughes and Cody Ciolino had two apiece as visiting Hartwick opened its season with a non-conference victory.
The Hawks led, 7-2, at halftime before the hosts rallied in the second half.
Oneonta High graduate Alex Miller won two individual SUNY Athletic Conference titles, setting school records in both events, in leading Oneonta State on the second day of the conference championship at Erie Community College.
Miller won the 400-yard individual medley in 4 minutes, 7.81 seconds, breaking the conference record of 4:08.00 set in 1998. The time also met the NCAA B cut qualifying standard.
Miller successfully defended his 100 backstroke as well. His winning time of 50.90 broke his conference record of 51.37 set last season. That also was an NCAA B qualifying time.
Sophomore Colton Roe was second in the 100 back. This morning in the prelims, he broke Miller’s conference record with a time of 51.28. He swam a time of 51.24 in the finals, which is also an NCAA B cut time.
Both swam on the 200-yard medley and 800-yard freestyle relays. The 200 medley foursome finished third and the 800 foursome finished second. Oneonta was the defending champion in the 800 relay.
Miller and Roe will swim Saturday in the 200-yard backstroke. Ryan Walsh will try to win his third 3rd straight 200-yard butterfly title.
The men are third in the team standings.
O-State’s women are fifth in the team standings.
Sophomore Carly Cahill set a school record in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:57.52 in finishing 11th. Cahill was also part of the 200 medley and 800 free relay that set school records as well.
Senior Kaitlin Thorp set a school record in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:00.98 in finishing 14th.