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Lady Bears Fall In OT After comeback

POTSDAM, N.Y. --- The Fredonia Blue Devils (9-12, 5-9 SUNYAC) withstood a fourth quarter onslaught from the SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team (7-13, 4-10) on Saturday and held on for a 94-87 overtime win. Freshman guard Caroline Lafountain (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) and sophomore guard Dyamon Hunter (Bronx, N.Y./Thurgood Marshall Academy) scored 19 points each for Potsdam. Freshman guard Audrey Craffey (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville North) and sophomore forward Katie Pitcher (Fulton, N.Y./Hannibal) put up 27 each to lead Fredonia. The Blue Devils came out swinging, jumping out to a 13-2 lead. Pitcher and sophomore forward Lauren Mickley (Danville, Ohio/Danville) led the way as they scored 11 points combined in the first quarter. The Bears ended the run and the quarter with a layup by freshman guard Tsai Lewis (Cortland, N.Y./Cortland) and a 3-pointer from Hunter. Mickley connected on her second shot from behind the arc to open the second quarter. After going down by 11 after a three by Fredonia, Potsdam quickly scored six unanswered points. The Blue Devils had a response as Pitcher hit two shots from behind the arc, stretching their lead by 36-21 by the end of the half. Two 3-pointers from Lafountain (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) brought the Bears to within eight to begin the quarter. Fredonia was able to slow the run as they embarked on an 11-2 answer, going up 18 at 4:49. Sophomore forward Alexis Davis (Brooklyn, N.Y./Williamsburg H.S. Architecture & Design) swung momentum back to the Bears as she finished through contact and completed a three-point play. She followed it up with a successful drive to the basket. Just as the Bears appeared about to make another run, Mickley connected on her third 3-pointer. Fredonia kept Potsdam at bay for the remainder of the quarter with their aggression in the paint and making free throws. By the end of the third quarter, Blue Devils still led 59-43. Fredonia sophomore guard Sarah Keast (Waymart, PA/Honesdale) and Bears freshman guard Bella Barner (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) traded 3-point baskets in the early stages of the fourth. A fastbreak by Lewis sparked a 14-0 run by the Bears, concluded with a steal and floater by freshman forward Jakia Howard (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham). With 4:40 remaining and the lead down to 67-65, the Blue Devils held on to their lead with four straight points.

The Bears were able to keep themselves in striking distance, making frequent trips to the free-throw line. After a free throw from the Blue Devils with seconds left and down 78-75, the Bears called a timeout. Coming out of timeout, the Bears drew a play that led to the third 3-pointer for Lafountain to tie the game. The Blue Devils missed what would be the game-winning shot and the contest was sent to overtime. Fredonia opened overtime with six straight points. Hunter got the Bears on the scoreboard with a 3-pointer with 3:04 left. The teams would then trade baskets inside, and Mickley got the basket to go, plus the foul and completed the three-point play. With 48 seconds left, sophomore forward Morgan Davis (Allegany, N.Y./Allegany-Limestone) came away with a steal and went to the line to make one of two free throws. The free throw put the visitors up seven and the Blue Devils held on for the 94-87 victory. Howard had 13 points and pulled down 26 rebounds for the Bears. Lewis and Barner had nine and eight, respectively. Lauren added 22 points and seven rebounds for Fredonia. The Bears are back in action next Friday as they head south to take on the Cortland Red Dragons at 5:30 p.m.

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