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February 16, 2013

Red Dragonswomen clinchplayoff berth

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Alyshia Crawford scored a game-high 18 points Friday night, leading the Oneonta State women’s basketball team to a 55-54 SUNY Athletic Conference defeat of first-place New Paltz in overtime.

The win clinched a playoff berth for the Red Dragons (13-12, 10-8), who are the fourth seed for the SUNYAC Tournament. Oneonta will host a first-round game at 7 p.m. Tuesday against an opponent to be determined after Saturday’s games.

O-State offset 31 turnovers by outscoring New Paltz, 21-7, at t he foul line.

Crawford also had six rebounds, two blocks and two steals. Her three-pointer with 1 minute, 15 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 45.

Grace Schilling drew a foul on a made layup and sank the ensuing free throw to give Oneonta a 51-50 lead with 2:14 to play in overtime. Although New Paltz (22-3, 16-2) tied it at 51, Schilling gave O-State the lead for good with another layup.

Schilling finished with 11 points, including a 5-for-7 effort from the foul line.

Pairings for the six-team SUNYAC Tournament will be released Saturday.

New Paltz has already clinched the top spot and will host the semifinals and championship game, which are slated for Feb. 22 and 23, respectivelty.

Fisher 68, Hartwick 57

Hartwick College clinched the No. 2 spot for the Empire 8 Tournament and will host the event next weekend despite losing a conference game at St. John Fisher.

Hartwick still secured the No. 2 seed for the conference tournament because Utica lost, 75-68, to Ithaca. Although Ithaca is the No. 1 seed, the Bombers cannot host the E8 Tournament because their facilities are under construction.

Freshman Brittney Dumas shot 11-for-20 from the floor en route to 24 points for the Hawks (17-7, 9-4), who received 20 points from junior Maria Foglia.

Guard Portia Velasco made all 10 of her shots from the floor en route to a game-high 34 points for the Cardinals (12-12, 7-6).

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