The D’Youville women’s basketball team was back in action Wednesday evening for an East Coast Conference matchup at Roberts Wesleyan. It was the third meeting in five days for the conference foes, the previous two going in favor of Roberts Wesleyan. The Saints led for most of the night but were unable to grab their first ECC victory, falling late to the Redhawks, 67-58, at the Voller Athletic Center in Rochester, N.Y.
For the third consecutive time, D’Youville took control of the game early with stifling defense, using seven Roberts turnovers to take an early 14-7 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
The Redhawks turned up the heat in the second period, beginning with an 8-0 run to grab a one-point lead before a pair of free throws from junior guard Danielle Hore tilted the advantage back in D’Youville’s favor.
The Saints picked up their pace on offense, converting three straight from beyond the three-point arc, including two from sophomore guard Elizabeth Bradley and another form junior guard/forward Riley Riedel, inflating D’Youville’s advantage to seven points at 27-20 after Hore added two more from the charity stripe.
The Saints went cold for the final five minutes of the half, only managing three more points as the home side clawed their way back into the game, cutting D’Youville’s advantage to one-point heading into the locker rooms. The Saints led at halftime despite only shooting 33.3 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes as Roberts shot an equal percentage. Bradley paced the Saints in the first half with 11 points, nine coming from the three-ball.
Both teams traded baskets coming out of the halftime break. Sophomore guard Sara Pfeiffer was one of three Saints to connect from downtown in the third quarter, as she hit three while Riedel and Bradley each connected once more. Ahead by three with the clock winding down in the quarter, Bradley picked the opposing point guard's pocket and after being fouled immediately, she cashed in one more free throw to give the Saints a 45-41 lead heading into the final period of play.
The teams traded leads again before Pfeiffer picked up a loose ball at the top of the key and cashed in from downtown, swinging the lead once more in D’Youville’s favor. The Redhawks countered with an 8-1 run over the next couple minutes but the biggest blow to the Saints’ effort was Pfeiffer fouling out with 4:26 remaining in the game. Roberts Wesleyan finished the game strong, outscoring D’Youville 19-8 over the final six-and-a-half minutes, downing the Saints for the third time in a week's span.
Notables – Three Saints landed in double figures for scoring Wednesday, paced by Bradley’s season-high (19 points, 5-11 FG), followed by Pfeiffer (14 points, 5-14 FG), and Hore (11 points, 4-14 FG) ... Bradley’s 19 points matched her career-high set on Nov. 23, 2019 versus Keuka in a 75-71 defeat at the College Center Gym ... Her five made threes eclipsed her career-high of four set four times last season, including the Keuka setback ... Bradley has turned up her offensive production in the three games with Roberts Wesleyan, averaging 14.0 points per contest; In the four previous games this season, Bradley only scored 15 total points.
The Saints led for 31:37 in a game that featured nine lead changes ... The Saints even held a seven-point advantage in the second half at 43-36 in the third quarter.
Forward Paige McCormick and guard Taryn Wilson carried the load for the Redhawk offense ... McCormick dropped 21 points (8-18 FG) while Wilson put up 20 points (7-14) ... Center Dimitra Gkizani, who dominated the Saints last weekend with 19 points in both matchups, was held to only seven points on 2-of-10 shooting Wednesday evening ... the Redhawks controlled the glass Wednesday evening, outrebounding the Saints 51-41.
Up Next – The Saints will wrap up their 2020-21 campaign this Saturday with an ECC battle against Mercy. The Saints and Mavericks will square off at the College Center Gym with tip-off set for 3 p.m.