Einink has 15, Szumigala 11 in Blue Devils’ win

Special to the OBSERVER

ALFRED — The Fredonia women’s basketball team improved to 3-5 with a 74-49 road win at Alfred State on Tuesday.

Jenna Einink (Westfield/Chautauqua Lake), Alisha Szumigala (Forestville) and Jacque Law all scored in double digits.

Einink scored 15, had five steals, and four assists. Law scored 13, going 9 of 10 from the line, and had six boards and five assists. Szumigala added 11 points and tied Law with a team-high six rebounds.

The Pioneers (2-6)were led by Catherine Bialecki with 25 points, while Janae Gibson had 12 off the bench.

Fredonia opened the game with a 13-2 lead. A layup by Szumigala at the 6:21 mark gave the Devils an 11-point advantage. The Devils would lead by as many as 14 following a layup by Law late in the first to make it 25-11. Bialecki converted a layup for the Pioneers to make it a 25-13 game at the end of the first quarter.

Alfred State outscored the Devils 18-13 in the second quarter, leaving the Devils with a 38-31 lead at the half.

The third quarter saw Fredonia limit the Pioneers to only four points, outscoring them 15-4, and taking an 18-point lead at 53-35. The fourth quarter was all Fredonia as well, with the Devils outscoring Alfred 21-14.

The women will head home for the weekend, taking on Cortland and Oswego in a women’s/men’s SUNYAC doubleheader on both Friday and Saturday.

Men’s Basketball

Blue Devils rout Alfred State, 74-51

ALFRED — Fredonia received a double-double from senior Ian Helps and freshman Jonathan McDonald en route to a 74-51 victory over Alfred State on Tuesday.

Helps finished with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while McDonald went for 14 and 12.

Isaiah Ice added 14 points and six boards, and Keith Ruiz added 10 points. Justin Tapperjust missed a double-double with 9 points and 8 rebounds.

ASU (4-3) was led by Tahaij Lewis with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

To start the game, Ice scored on a layup, then Tapper hit a three and converted a layup to put Fredonia up 7-0. They would never trail.

McDonald finished the game with baskets on the final two possessions to give Fredonia its largest lead of the game at 23 points at the final buzzer.

The Blue Devil defense harassed the Pioneers to the tune of 26 percent (20 of 76) shooting from the floor, while connecting on 46 percent (26 of 56) of their shots. The Devils had a 59-42 advantage in rebounds, as well.

The Blue Devils (2-6) return home this weekend when they play host to Cortland and Oswego on Friday and Saturday.