In the first leg of Tuesday’s SUNYAC Men’s/Women’s quarterfinal doubleheader, the 4th seeded Cortland Women’s Basketball team hosted 5th seed Brockport. The Golden Eagles of Brockport prevailed 55-53 in a back-and-forth battle, ending the Red Dragons’ season.
Sophomore Shannon McGuire led the way for Cortland tallying 16 points, shooting 7/13 from the field and 2/4 from three point range. Senior Forward Justine Crespo put together an impressive performance as well, scoring 10 points in addition to 5 rebounds and a pair of steals. As a whole, the Red Dragons shot just 30.3% from the field and 17.6% from three. Victorius Brockport was led by Emily Nestler who put up 11 points and a whopping 10 rebounds.
The first half was as back-and-forth as it could be, with neither team having more than a one possession lead at any point. Just before the buzzer, Shannon McGuire put the Red Dragons up by a score of 25-24 heading into the locker room.
Brockport came out firing on all cylinders, starting the 2nd half on an 8-2 run. Just when it looked as if they could begin to pull away, Cortland came storming back with an 8-0 run of its own, highlighted by a tying three from McGuire and an “and 1” for Shelby Dugan. Brockport then went on its own 8-0 run to retake the lead, 40-35.
After 3 it was 41-37 Golden Eagles. Brockport would extend that lead and claim it’s largest lead of the game, 6 (45-39). Once again, however, Cortland stormed right back, reclaiming the lead on a McGuire three. With 5:30 to go, the teams were even at 47 apiece. After trading a few baskets, the two once again found themselves tied at 53 with just over two minutes to play. Just one shot was made in the final two minutes, when Brockport’s Emily Nestler hit a jumper, giving Brockport the lead. Coming out of a timeout with about 27 seconds to play, the Red Dragons moved the ball around but couldn’t find an open shot, leading to a last second desperation toss up from Shannon McGuire, which hit rim; thus ending Cortland’s season. 55-53 Brockport.
Cortland ends the season with an overall record of 12-14. The Red Dragons will have to replace 7 seniors as they look forward to the 2019-2020 campaign.