Roanoke, VA - The D'Youville women's basketball team took part in day one of the Jim Beamer Tip-Off Classic against the host Roanoke Maroons on Saturday evening, falling to by the final score of 86-72.
D'Youville came out of the gates strong with Danielle Hore (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) scoring four of the first six points as the women led 6-0 early. Roanoke would answer with 10 of the next 11 points to lead 10-7 before an Elizabeth Bradley (Lockport, NY/Starpoint) three to tie the game at 10. Following Bradley's three, the Maroons would again get hot from the field as they scored 23 of the next 27 points to lead 33-14 after one period.
To begin the second, Roanoke would have their lead cut down to 15 after another Bradley three before they would go back up by 19 with 5:49 remaining in the half. An Ashley Schenkel (Webster, NY/Webster-Schroeder) made it a 13-point game with 2:55 to go with the Maroons extending their lead to 16 near the end of the half but yet another three from Bradley sent the teams into halftime with Roanoke leading 47-34.
After outscoring the Maroons in the second quarter, D'Youville continued to put the pressure on in the third. Haley Kirisits (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) made a free throw to make it a 10-point game just under three minutes into the third. As the quarter went on, each team would go on a run with Hore sinking a pair of three throws with 3:19 left on the clock to bring the deficit to single digits at 57-48. Roanoke would regain their double-digit lead as they led 63-52 after three.
The first 15 points of the fourth came from the Maroons as they grew their lead with the Spartans struggling on offense. D'Youville would get rolling in the final five minutes of the game, but it was too late for the women to come back as they fell to Roanoke 86-72.
Bradley and Hore led the team with 14 points each as Hore added six rebounds and a team-high six assists. Kirisits led the way with seven rebounds while Schenkel scored 11 points and Brigid McKeone (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) scored a career high 10.
The next game for the women will come tomorrow at day two of the Jim Beamer Tip-Off Classic with the opponent and time to be determined.