Comeback falls short, Einink and Law score 19S

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PLATTSBURGH — The Fredonia women’s basketball team fell short to Plattsburgh, 65-58, in its SUNYAC opener on Friday. Senior Jacque Law and junior Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake) led the way, each putting up 19 points and 3 assists.

For the Cardinals Frannie Merkel contributed 20 points, 5 assists and 5 blocks.

Plattsburgh held a large advantage in three-point shooting, connecting on 9 of 14 shots, compared to Fredonia’s 1 for 10. Conversely, Fredonia dominated at the charity stripe, going 23 of 33 (69.7 percent) to Plattsburgh’s 8 of 18 (44.4 percent).

Fredonia made a run in the fourth quarter capped by a layup from Einink with 5:31 left in the game to bring the Blue Devils within five points, 50-35. Plattsburgh State’s Brook Benna then knocked down two consecutive three pointers both assisted by Merkel to put the game out of reach.

The Blue Devils defense forced 25 turnovers and came up with 16 steals. Law had the game high with 6 steals with freshman guard Sydney Turley added 4 more. Law and Emily Lasher led the team with 8 rebounds each.

The Blue Devils drop to 1-5 overall and 0-1 in the SUNYAC. The Cardinals improve to 1-3/1-0.

The Devils travel to Potsdam tomorrow afternoon for a 1 p.m. tip.

Men’s basketball

Devils come up short at Plattsburgh, 77-60

PLATTSBURGH — A trip to Plattsburgh resulted in a 77-60 loss for the Fredonia men’s basketball team on Friday. Kay Jackson led the Devils with 17 points, and freshman Jonathan McDonald added 14 points and 8 rebounds. Eli Bryant had 22 off the bench for Plattsburgh.

A free throw by Chris Marinez put the Devils up 18-15 with 9:00 minutes to play in the first half. Plattsburgh then rattled off the next 13 points to take a 28-18 lead. They went into the half maintaining a 35-29 lead.

Eight minutes into the second half, the Devils moved within three, 46-43, following a pair of free throws by De’Quan Smith. The Cardinals then pulled away with a 10-point run to put the game out of reach.

Fredonia falls to 1-5 and 0-1 in the conference. Plattsburgh moves to 2-2 and 1-0.

The Devils travel to Potsdam tomorrow afternoon for a 3 p.m. tip following the women’s game.

WOMENS’ SWIMMING & DIVING

Day 1 in the books

Day 1 of the Fredonia Swimming and Diving Invitational is completed. Nine teams are competing in the three-day event.

Alyson Baumann led the way in the preliminaries with a second-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:21.98. In the evening session she would hold on to second place in the finals, with a time of 5:19.19.

Taylor Chwalinski will move to the consolations after finishing 16th in the 50 free in 26.31. She moved up to 15th in the B final with a time of 26.20.

The finals for the 400-yard medley took place, with the two Fredonia entries taking 12th and 13th, respectively, in a field of 16.

In the 1-meter diving finals Ashleigh Reinhardt was sixth with a score of 337.25. Lydia Gaughran was ninth with a score of 247.80.

Action continues tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Day 1 standings:

1. John Carroll University — 270

6. Fredonia University — 101

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