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February 25, 2013

Hartwick women fall in E8 final

Staff Report

Hartwick College went down Saturday, but the Hawks aren’t necessarily out yet.

Maria Foglia scored 12 points at Lambros Arena as second-seeded host Hartwick fell, 47-29, to No. 1 seed Ithaca College in the championship game of the Empire 8 Conference Tournament.

Hartwick hosted the conference tournament because Ithaca’s facilities are undergoing construction. Despite being on the road, the Bombers (25-2) won their second straight conference title for an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

The Hawks (19-8) may still qualify for the NCAAs as an at-large selection. The 64-team NCAA field will be announced at 2:30 p.m. today. Selections for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament will be announced tonight.

Empire 8 Player of the Year Foglia made the All-Tournament Team, as did Ithaca’s Jenn Escobido (13 points) and Mary Kate Tierney (13 points).

Tournament MVP Devin Shea contributed six points Saturday, one day after finishing with 14 points and six rebounds in Ithaca’s semifinal victory over St. John Fisher.

E8 Rookie of the Year Brittney Dumas contributed eight points for the Hawks, who received four points from Kate Purcell that helped her hit the 1,000-point milestone at Hartwick.

The Hawks trailed, 18-16, at halftime. Ithaca then opened the second half with a 14-2 run that all but ended it.

Purcell, who grabbed nine rebounds, hit the 1,000-point mark on a free throw with 6:44 left. She’s the 14th player in Hartwick history to reach the milestone.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Delhi 70, Clinton 57

Ibrahima Toure finished with game-highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead host SUNY Delhi to a victory in its regular-season finale.

Quayshaun Mitchell contributed 14 points and seven rebounds for the Broncos (26-4), who received 11 points and six assists from DJ Nickelson.

Toure scored 11 points after Delhi took a 28-26 lead into halftime.

“We just kind of slowly but surely pulled away,” Delhi coach Rob Schoener said. “We started the second half well and kind of crept away.”

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