Cortland Women’s Basketball pummeled Plattsburgh on Friday night in front of their home crowd 75-46. Cassidy Chapko piled up 22 points including two 3-pointers.
The evening was a fundraising night for “Red Dragons Support Cortland” where every 3-pointer made by Cortland resulted in $5 being donated to the community. The event kept the crowd engaged despite the rout happening on the floor.
Cortland started the game on a 10-2 run and never looked back.
Danielle Levine turned in another unselfish, all-around performance with 8 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. Alyssa Crosby accompanied her with 10 points, 8 boards, and 4 assists in 31 minutes.
Coach Mosher decided to rotate in some newer faces Friday evening. Most notably, Joka Oyefeso. Standing at 6’0″ with long arms, Oyefeso was all over the floor and showed explosiveness on both ends of the court. Although only scoring 6 points and recording 2 blocks in 11 minutes, Oyefeso was a presence Cortland needed, especially after losing starter Stephanie Rice in the first half.
“We said ‘listen, we have to go bigger. We have some young kids that have been doing a really good job in practice. Let’s throw them in and see what happens’ and it worked out tonight,” said Coach Mosher. “It allows us some different looks. It was much needed to bounce back like this. Good for the morale for me and the players.”
The key for Cortland was getting hot early combined with the energy that fresh legs brought off the bench. Normally, Kristy Vitucci finds herself starting alongside Chapko. However, she came off the bench for the first time all season and it helped her find her shooting stroke that’s been missing the past two games, hitting two 3-pointers in rhythm.
The real story for Cortland were the new faces bringing excitement to the team. “Joka, Becca (Krenzer) and Kate (Carey) did a great job today. It gives us a little bit of a better look and also gives Alyssa Crosby a break. She’s 5’9″ going up against 6-footers in there. If we can get touches inside, Joka has some explosive moves and a couple blocked shots, I think that really helps our energy,” Mosher said.
Moving forward, Cortland will look to maintain the high intensity that propelled them to victory on Friday. Standing at 8-5 in the SUNYAC on the season, the Cortland Women’s team wants to keep winning to ensure a playoff spot.
“We need to make sure we control the things we can control in order to build on this win,” said Coach Mosher. “That’s our defensive energy, which starts with talk and movement. I think we need to shoot with confidence. If you’re going to take a shot, take it with confidence and you’ll have a better shot of it going in.”
Cortland faces off against Potsdam at home on February 4th at 4:00 p.m.