The Daily Star
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Junior guard Kristin Pappalardo scored a team-best 16 points Monday for Oneonta State, which held host Utica College to eight points in the second half of a 59-29 non-conference women’s basketball triumph.
Pappalardo hit four three-point field goals, grabbed six rebounds and had three steals for the Red Dragons (3-1), who received 12 points, 11 rebounds and a team-best six steals from freshman Lyteshia Price.
Alyshia Crawford, a junior, contributed 10 points for Oneonta, which finished with 15 steals and 12 blocked shots for its third consecutive victory.
The Red Dragons took control with a 15-0 run that turned a 9-6 deficit into a 21-9 lead in the first half, which ended with Oneonta ahead, 30-21.
Utica scored the first basket of the second half to pull to 30-23, but O-State followed with a 13-0 run.
The Red Dragons, who held Utica (2-1) to 18 percent shooting from the floor (11-for-61), open their home schedule at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a non-conference game against city rival Hartwick College. Both local teams qualified for the NCAA Division III Tournament last season.
The Hartwick men’s swimming team is ranked 19th among Division III programs in the Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com and the College Swimming Coaches Association of America polls.
The latter serves as the official NCAA D-III rankings, which also recognize Rochester – the only other New York team in the poll – at No. 18. Empire 8 Conference rival Stevens Institute of Technology of New Jersey is ranked seventh.
Hartwick is 9-0 in dual meets this season. The Hawks will compete in the Ithaca College Invitational this weekend.
Hartwick selected women’s basketball players Tracey Koch and Kate Purcell as its Hawks of the Week on Monday.
Koch grabbed an offensive rebound and made two free throws with less than 20 seconds to play last Tuesday, helping Hartwick to a 58-55 win over Union. She also had five rebounds, two blocks and two assists.
Koch followed with a college-best 13 points, six rebounds and two steals in a 71-37 rout of Drew on Sunday.
Purcell had game-highs of 22 points and 11 rebounds last Tuesday and finished Sunday’s win with a game-best 17 points, a team-high eight rebounds and four steals.
SUNY Cobleskill selected junior men’s basketball forward Jack Jeffres as its Fighting Tiger Athlete of the Week on Monday.
Jeffres made the All-Tournament Team at the University of Rochester/Holiday Inn Airport Invitational this past weekend. He averaged 6.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals in losses to the host school (101-48) on Friday and to Otterbein University (94-75) on Saturday.
Jeffres is averaging 5.0 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals this season for Cobleskill (1-4), which hosts Oswego State at 7 tonight.