Down one, 62-61, with a half minute to play, Brittany LaForce cooly sank both free throws to give Fredonia State the late lead. On the next possession, freshman Alexis Cheatham connected twice from the line to extend the lead to three. LaForce would hit one more free throw as the Devils claimed a 66-62 victory over visiting Brockport in women's college basketball action on Saturday.
The Devils relied on a balanced offense with four players scoring in double digits. Becky Hebert led the way with 18, Cheatham and Jaimie Warren had 14 apiece and Sabrina Macaulay finished with her sixth double-double of the season with 10 points and 13 rebounds.
LaForce finished with eight points, three assists and two steals.
As a team, the Devils made 25 trips to the line, connecting 20 times for 80-percent efficiency. Brockport was hobbled by 50 percent shooting (8 of 16) at the charity stripe.
Brockport did have the edge on rebounds, 43-35.
Brockport (4-11 SUNYAC, 8-14 overall) was led by Alexandra Marshall with 18 points. Faith Welch, Kaitlin Hammersley and Bree Fortney all ended with 11 markers. The loss officially eliminated the Golden Eagles from the playoff picture.
The Devils improved to 9-7 in conference play and 14-8 overall.
They wrap up the regular season next weekend at Plattsburgh and Potsdam. Their first-round, post-season opponent is yet to be determined.
win over Devils
The Fredonia State men's basketball team dropped its final home game of the season, 93-61, vs. Brockport.
The Devils were led by Eric Zwierlein with 16 points. Robert Lyles followed with 13 points and seven rebounds. Seniors Markus Williams and Tyrone Clark had 12 and 10 points, respectively. Williams added six boards.
Brockport (19-2 overall, 13-1 SUNYAC) was paced by John Ivy with 18 points. The Golden Eagles are currently ranked No. 19 in Division III and No. 1 in the East Region.
The game saw both teams make 31 trips to the foul line. The Devils connected on 22 chances, while Brockport made 23 opportunities. The Golden Eagles held a 10-3 advantage in three-point baskets, and a 46-31 rebounding edge.
Fredonia State (3-13 SUNYAC, 6-17 overall) concludes its season next weekend when they travel to Plattsburgh and Potsdam.