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SUNY Potsdam Women Down Fredonia

FREDONIA, N.Y.-The SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team (5-7, 2-4 SUNYAC) pulled away from SUNY Fredonia (5-7, 1-4) in the second half for a 76-61 road victory on Friday night. Freshman guard Caroline LaFountain (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) matched a career-high with 21 points, while sophomore guard Dyamon Hunter (Bronx, N.Y./Thurgood Marshall Academy) scored 14. Sophomore forward Devyn Elliott (Bronx, N.Y./Cardinal Spellman) and freshman forward Jakia Howard (Syracuse, N.Y./Nottingham) each recorded double-doubles with 13 points and 13 rebounds and 13 points and 10 boards, respectively. Freshman guard Bella Barner (Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool) also notched a career-high with 10 points and grabbed five rebounds. Potsdam never trailed in the first quarter, opening the contest with an 8-3 run with six points from Elliott. After the Blue Devils closed in to 8-6 at 6:31 on four points from Katie Pitcher, the Bears pulled away with a 10-4 stretch. Barner hit two threes along the way and Potsdam led 18-10 at 1:34. Free throw shooting and a late jumper from Anna Chiacchia got Fredonia back within 18-15 as the period closed. The Blue Devils netted the first four points of the second quarter for their first lead of the contest at 8:56, but Hunter hit a jumper 30 seconds later to regain the lead. The teams traded leads over the rest of the quarter. LaFountain gave Potsdam a 37-35 edge with 59 seconds left and Lauren Mickley tied the score at 0:42 and the game was even at the break. The Bears outscored Fredonia 21-11 in the third quarter. Potsdam trailed 43-41 at 7:56, but closed the 10 minutes on a 17-5 run. Howard tied the score at 7:40. LaFountain scored 10 points during the run and Hunter had five. Potsdam led 58-48 after 10 minutes. Hunter started the final quarter with a three-point play to open up a 61-48 advantage at 9:35. Fredonia fought its way back into the contest with a 12-4 stretch over the next 4:24. Pitcher sank two free throws at 5:09 to close the gap to 65-60. With the lead in jeopardy, Howard and LaFountain responded with back-to-back three-point plays to make it 71-60 with 3:33 to play. Clutch free throw shooting sealed the victory for the Bears. Potsdam hit five of six shots from the charity stripe as they closed out the 76-61 victory.

The Bears shot 41.3-percent from the floor, while holding Fredonia to 37.3.

Pitcher finished with 21 points and six rebounds for the Blue Devils. Morgan Davis had 10 points and Mickley and Chiacchia each scored nine.

The victory was Potsdam's first over Fredonia since a 55-52 road win on Feb. 18, 2011.

The Bears are back in action tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. when they take on Buffalo State.

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