Hartwick College’s chances of hosting the Empire 8 Conference women’s basketball tournament took a heavy blow following a 65-55 loss to visiting Ithaca College on Friday.
Kate Purcell, Maria Foglia and Brittney Dumas scored in double figures for the second-place Hawks (16-6), who fell to 8-3 in conference.
The first-place Bombers (19-2) improved to 10-1 in the E8. Both teams have three conference games remaining.
Purcell had 18 points. Foglia and Dumas finished with 15 and 11 points, respectively.
When Purcell hit a three-pointer with 3:21 left, Hartwick trailed, 53-48. Two free throws by Purcell with 2:39 to play made it 55-50.
But Ithaca answered with a layup by Geena Brady and a three-pointer from Christie Bonacci, the latter making the score 60-50, with 59 seconds left.
Brady and Bonacci had 13 and 11 points, respectively.
The Hawks will host Elmira College at 4 p.m. Saturday. Hartwick will honor senior guard Marie Davison and senior manager Jenna Kurtz before the game. Also, Foglia has a chance of scoring her 1,000 college point. She needs 14 points.
O-State 55, Fredonia 40
Junior Alyshia Crawford scored her college high of 23 points as host Oneonta State closed in on a SUNY Athletic Conference playoff spot.
The Red Dragons (11-11, 8-7) pulled two games ahead of Fredonia (11-9, 6-8) and stands in fifth place in the SUNYAC standings. The top six teams qualify for the playoffs.
O-State will play another team fighting for a playoff spot Saturday when it hosts Buffalo State at 2 p.m. The Bengals (11-10) are 7-7 in conference.
Crawford went 7-for-10 from the floor and 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Oneonta scored the first 13 points and led by 26 with eight minutes left.
Sarah Longto contributed 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks for O-State.
Ithaca 76, Hartwick 70
Thirty-one points and 10 rebounds by Jared Suderley weren’t enough to prevent host Hartwick College from falling in an Empire 8 Conference game.