It was a true team effort by the Geneseo women’s basketball team on Tuesday Jan. 28 as the team cruised to an 83-58 victory over SUNY Oswego. Geneseo faced the Lakers once earlier this season in a much closer game. This time, the Knights were firing on all cylinders offensively, which spurred the team on to its third-highest scoring total of the season.
Forward junior Shannon McGinnis led the charge with 10 points of her own in the first six minutes of the game to put the Knights ahead with a comfortable lead. She finished the half out strong with 15 of the 24 points she would score in the game. It was McGinnis’ seventh double-double of the season.
Not to mention, several other players put on their own impressive performances. The Knights had one of their best shooting nights of the season, going 8-of-18 (44.4 percent) from 3-point range while holding Oswego to a 3-16 (18.8 percent) shooting performance from behind the arc.
“A lot of players stepped up as leaders today,” head coach Scott Hemer said.
Geneseo saw excellent play from freshmen Bridgit Ryan and Kayleigh Cavanaugh. Ryan played a strong first half with 10 of her 12 total points, while Cavanaugh earned seven points of her own in the second half.
The team’s success didn’t stop there. Guard junior Biz Reinhardt added 12 points, while forward freshman Katie Vienneau, guard sophomore Dana Cohan, forward sophomore Allison McKenna and center junior Katie Peterson would all go on to score six or more points on the night. The stellar play both offensively and defensively allowed the Knights to come away with a crucial conference win.
Coming off a loss from the previous game, Hemer looked for the Knights to improve on the mistakes they were making recently and come away with another victory over the Lakers.
“For us, it’s has been a factor of inconsistent play,” Hemer said. “Tonight we focused on two 20-minute halves and trying to control what we could control, and I felt we did a much better job.”
The Knights look to improve their SUNYAC record with a game against SUNY Fredonia on Saturday Feb. 1.u