Bradford, PA – The D'Youville women's basketball team suffered their first conference road loss of the season, falling to the Pitt.-Bradford Bobcats by the final score of 86-75.
Junior Ali Cochrane (New Port Richey, FL/Gulf) opened the scoring with a three, which would be a trend for the Spartans all evening long. The Panthers would tie the game up at three on their next possession and then take the lead just about two minutes later. With 2:54 left in the first, CeDrice Howard (University Place, WA/Curtis) would give the Spartans the lead back following Cochrane's second three of the quarter. Bradford would regain the lead with less than 0:15 on the clock and close out the first with a 13-11 lead.
As she did to begin the game, Cochrane drilled a three to start the quarter and gave D'Youville the lead once again. She then went on score the next four points for the Spartans for an 18-17 D'Youville lead. Bradford would go on to gain some momentum, taking a 32-24 lead with 4:10 to go in the half. Howard began to shoulder the scoring load for the Spartans, scoring seven of the final 10 points of the quarter. However the Panthers would continue their offensive success as they took a 41-31 lead into the half.
Bradford came out in the second half and put distance between themselves and D'Youville. With 11 unanswered points to start the third quarter, the Panthers took a 52-31 lead. After a Darian Evans (Brant, NY/Lake Shore) free throw, Bradford again flexed their offensive muscles by increasing their lead to 62-32. D'Youville would close out the quarter with a 15-2 run in the final 5:48, closing the gap to 64-47 at the end of the third.
The Spartans were able to pull the game to 15 points early in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers were able to regain a 20-point lead with 5:52 to go in the game. As the quarter went on, D'Youville was able to chip away at the lead and make it a 12-point game after a pair of Monica June (Buffalo, NY/Hutch Tech) free throws. The lead was down to 10 with 0:38 to go, but time ran out on the D'Youville comeback as Bradford defeated the Spartans by the final of 86-75.
Two women set career highs in points Monday evening. Cochrane was the team's leading scorer with 21 points and shooting 6-10 from three, both career highs. Howard was outstanding in the game, scoring a career high 18 points to go with eight rebounds. Recording her third double-double of the season was Jean-Ann Korona (Washingtonville, NY/Washingtonville) with 15 points and a team high 14 rebounds.
Adding eight rebounds and six points was Jordan Smith (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg). Floor general Magan Magee (Ellenburg Center, NY/Northern Adirondack) recorded a team high seven assists. June, Evans, Magee and Marina Campbell (Niagara Falls, NY/Niagara Catholic) combined for 15 points.
The next game for the women will come on Saturday, January 14th at La Roche. Game time is 2pm.