By Pat Dillon / Field Period™
KEUKA PARK, N.Y. – The Keuka College Women's Basketball team remained undefeated in North Eastern Athletic Conference play following Wednesday night's 78-52 victory over Cazenovia College at the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center.
Senior guard Lauren Anten led Keuka College (12-3, 7-0 NEAC) with 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Also scoring in double-digits for the Wolves were senior Jariah Johnson and sophomore Brianna Legacy, each with 14 points apiece.
Keuka College 78 vs. Cazenovia College 52
Keuka College started on a 6-0 run out of the gate thanks to back-to-back layups by Sam Laranjo. The Wolves dominated the paint and got their lead up to 10 in the first quarter following a layup by Anna Hoover. The Wildcats responded with an 8-0 run of their own, cutting the lead to two halfway through the quarter. Keuka and Cazenovia continued trading blows until the final minute of the first when Johnson made a free throw to put the Wolves up 21-15.
Johnson dominated the paint starting the second quarter with a quick layup to expand the lead to 23-15. Keuka continued their 16-point run. It was capped off by Abby Hess converting an and-one giving the Wolves a 30-15 lead. Cazenovia brought the game back within single digits at 30-21, but the Wildcats were unable to stop the Wolves in the paint. At the half Keuka led 40-27 with 30 of their 40 points coming inside the paint.
Anten started off the second half with a steal and a fast break jumper to add to the lead. Keuka continued the defensive pressure forcing seven turnovers, pushing the lead to 50-29. The Green and Gold would end the quarter with a 55-39 lead as Abby Hess set up Lauren Anten for a three at the buzzer.
The Wolves would close it out in the final quarter. Keuka College outscored Cazenovia 23-13 in the last 10 minutes on their way to the 78-52 conference victory.
- The Wolves improve to 26-3 on their home floor against Cazenovia College. Overall, Keuka leads the series 45-9
- It is the most wins for the Keuka College Women's Basketball team against any single school in program history
- Lauren Anten hit a pair of threes in the game to pass Jessica Fink for fourth on the Keuka College career list
- The Wolves had a season-high 21 steals and forced 29 Wildcat turnovers on Wednesday
- 21 steals for Keuka ties for sixth-most in a single game in program history
Up Next for Keuka College: The Wolves remain at home this Saturday as they host the College of St. Elizabeth at 1pm. Keuka College is 8-3 all-time against the Eagles. They first met in the 1987-88 season. Keuka College won the last meeting with St. Elizabeth in the 2016-17 season.