The Daily Star
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Samantha Davis scored a team-best 14 points Thursday as the SUNY Cobleskill women’s basketball team extended its winning streak to three with a 57-54 non-conference defeat of host Canton.
Alexis Hauser had 13 points and eight assists for the Fighting Tigers (9-14), who received 13 points from Heidi Anderson.
Cobleskill rallied from a 22-12 deficit with 8 minutes, 14 seconds to go in the first half with a 22-11 run that gave the Fighting Tigers a 34-33 lead at halftime. Cobleskill extended its lead to 44-34 with 14:04 left, but Canton (11-9) went on a 13-2 run to regain the advantage.
The lead changed hands twice before the Fighting Tigers took the lead for good – at 50-49 with 4:38 left – on a short jumper by Samantha Davis. Hauser and teammate Tracee Schiebel hit key free throws down the stretch to secure the win for Cobleskill, which closes its season at Cazenovia on Saturday.
Hawks still 8th in region
Hartwick College remains one of eight ranked teams in the East Region despite going 1-2 last week.
Empire 8 Conference rival Ithaca (21-2) jumped up two spots to No. 1 after two wins last week. Rochester (17-5) also went 2-0 and moved from the third spot to No. 2.
New Paltz (22-2) fell from the top spot to No. 3 despite going 4-0 since the first rankings were released Feb. 5.
St. Lawrence (17-6) and Vassar (19-4) are ranked fourth and fifth, respectively, followed by Geneseo (17-6), Oswego (16-7) and Hartwick (17-6).
The Hawks close their regular season with two E8 games on the road. They visit St. John Fisher on Friday and Alfred on Saturday.
Should Hartwick win at least one of its last two games, it will clinch the No. 2 seed for the E8 Tournament and host the event as Ithaca’s facilities are under construction.
The winner of E8 Tournament earns an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Tournament. The NCAA field will be announced Feb. 25.
O-State freshman honored
Oneonta State freshman Shaun Gillen earned Empire Collegiate Wrestling Conference Rookie of the Week honors, the Red Dragons announced Thursday.
The conference’s top newcomer for the second time this season, Gillen went 4-0 last week in four dual matches. He won two decisions, one major decision and one technical fall.
Gillen is 27-14 with four pins for the Red Dragons (7-11), who will host RIT at noon Saturday.