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UC Women's Basketball Hangs on For One Point Win Over Sage

By UTICA COLLEGE ATHLETICS

UTICA, NY (WKTV) - Utica College's Mary Miceli (New Rochelle, NY/New Rochelle) knocked down two free throws with 51 seconds left in the game to give the Pioneers a one point lead and that score held for the remainder of the contest as the Pioneers topped a pesky Sage College team, 60-59, on the hardwood at the Clark Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. 

Miceli led all scorers with 18 points, while senior forward Briget Greenwald added a game-high 16 rebounds and chipped in with eight points.  Marissa Kahane (Sayville, NY/Sayville) came off the bench and provided UC with two clutch 3-pointers in the second half to help lift the Pioneers to their second consecutive victory.  Kahane finished the day with 11 points.

UC (2-2) returns to action after Thanksgiving when it travels to Hamilton College to take on the Continentals in nearby Clinton, NY on December 1 at 2 p.m.

The contest was a part of Faculty Appreciation day at the Clark Athletic Center where the Pioneers hosted a ceremony at halftime to honor their most influential faculty members. 

Guard Megan Bowman scored 16 points and added five assists to guide the Gators, while Carlee Hirt posted a double-double by scoring 12 points and hauling 13 rebounds.  

UC's largest lead of the game came in the first half when they earned a ten point advantage, 33-23, with 15 seconds to go in the first half of play. That lead was largely in part due to a 16-8 run in the final 7:50 of the first half where six different Pioneers scored at least two points. UC also caused three turnovers in the stretch and held the Gators to 3-of-11 shooting from the floor. 

The Pioneers led for the vast majority of the contest (34:40/86,7%), but a Gator run late in the second half found the visitors on top 59-57 with 2:22 remaining in the contest.  The Gators trailed 55-50 with 6:06 remaining before going on an 11-2 run in a span of 3:58 to earn the two point advantage, 59-57.  Carlee Hirt scored six points in the run, while holding UC to just 1-of-5 shooting from the floor and the Gators also caused three turnovers in the stretch. 

Utica was able to score three points, all coming from the charity stripe in the final 1:59 of the game, while holding Sage to 0-for-3 shooting in the closing two minutes.

23 of the Pioneers 60 total points came from their bench play.  Christy Traglia (Mohawk, NY/Mohawk) finished the night with six points and three rebounds, while Kelsey Cowell (Schenectady, NY/Mohonasen) came off the bench and netted nine points.  Calypso Carty (Pipersville, PA/Central Bucks West) chipped in with five rebounds and three points for the Pioneers.

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