Buffalo State to Face Alfred University In Women's Basketball

Release Date:
November 18, 2011
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BUFFALO, NY—Buffalo State (2-0) jumped out to a 24-6 lead and raced past Hilbert (0-2), 72-34, this evening in the opening round of the 23rd annual Betty Abgott Invitational.  Alfred (2-0) defeated Hamilton (0-1), 58-50, in the tourney’s first game.

Staci McElroy led Buffalo State with 13 points, and Barb Kiliszek  added 12 points and six steals.  Freshman Olivia Luciani  added 11 points off the bench, and Bianca Smiley  chipped in six points and a game-high 11 rebounds.  Tiana Cheasman  paced Hilbert with 14 points.

After Hilbert took an early 4-0 lead, Buffalo State sped away with a 24-2 run and never looked back.  The Bengals held a 39-17 advantage at halftime and had its largest lead reach 41 points in the second half.  Hilbert shot just 26-percent from the floor while the host team hit 41% of their shots (45% from long distance). Senior Julie Bossard led the Hawks with 7 rebounds (4 on the offensive glass) and freshman Sarah Lorusso managed to 3 steals.

In the opening game, Grace Williamson led Alfred with 24 points and 10 rebounds.  Harley Cleary  added 21 points and six boards, and Kacey Kwiecien  had a game-best eight assists.  Madie Harlem  paced Hamilton with 26 points,12 rebounds and four steals.  Kim Goidell  added seven points, 11 rebounds and three assists.

Alfred never trailed and jumped out to a 24-9 lead, before Hamilton cut the deficit to 31-25 at the intermission. The Continentals could not close the gap to less than five in the second half, as Alfred led by as many as 18 before hanging on for the eight-point win. 

The Saxons outscored Hamilton 28-10 in the paint despite being outrebounded 52-36.  Alfred shot 43-percent from the field, compared to just 24-percent shooting by the Continentals.

Buffalo State will face Alfred in the championship game tomorrow at 2 p.m.  Hamilton and Hilbert will square off in the consolation contest at noon.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.