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TC3 Women's Basketball Beats Delhi 69-68
 November 7, 2012

Panthers Top Region's #4-Ranked Team in Game of Extremes

DRYDEN, N.Y. – A game of extremes ended with the Tompkins Cortland Community College women's basketball team earning a 69-68 win over the #4-ranked team in the region Tuesday. TC3 beat SUNY Delhi to improve to 1-1 overall on the year and 1-0 in regional play. Delhi drops to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in region.

The first half featured an impressive display by the home team. With the score tied 2-2, TC3 went on a 10-2 run to lead 12-4. The advantage grew to ten at 20-10, and just kept growing the rest of the half, eventually peaking at 25 points at 45-20 with 2:49 left in the half. Delhi cut in to the lead the final two minutes, including a three-pointer at the buzzer, but the home team went to the locker room with a 17-point lead at 47-30. The first half saw four different Panthers score in double figures in the first half, led by 12 from Becca Holton (Cape Fear Academy (N.C.)/Reykjavik, Iceland). As a team, TC3 shot 58.8% from the floor while holding Delhi to just 25%. Everything went the home team’s way over the first 20 minutes, but the second half was a completely different story.

Nicole Goodwin (Newfield H.S./Newfield) opened the second half with a basket to make it 49-30, but then the entire team went cold. Over the next eight minutes, TC3 missed 12 shots, turned the ball over eight times, and failed to score a single point. Meanwhile, Delhi chipped away, pulling within three at 49-46 before Holton finally broke the spell with a three-pointer. The teams traded baskets until TC3 led 56-50 with nine minutes left to play, but then Delhi went on a 9-0 run to take its first lead of the game, 59-56, with 5:30 left in the game. A well-time three pointer by Ashley Coriolan (Spring Valley H.S./Spring Valley) tied the game at 59-59, and a basket by Coriesha Hickey (Corcoran H.S./Syracuse) put the Panther back in front with four minutes left to go. A three-pointer by Meghan Ideman (Moravia H.S./Moravia) made it 64-60, but Delhi answered with four straight to make it 64-64 with two minutes left. A Hickey free throw and a layup by Ideman put TC3 back up by three, but Delhi again responded by scoring four straight to take the lead at 68-67 with 1:01 left on the clock. A few seconds later, Hickey again came up big, drawing a foul and then sinking both free throws to put the Panthers up 69-68 with 52 seconds left. A steal by Kayla Russell (East Syracuse-Minoa H.S./East Syracuse) gave TC3 the chance to run off some clock. After a long possession ended with a missed shot by TC3, Delhi was left with less than ten seconds for its final possession. The visitors never got a shot off, as Ideman forced a final Bronco turnover to seal the win.

Hickey and Ideman ended up leading the Panthers with 16 points each, with Ideman also grabbing a team-best 16 rebounds and handing out a team-best six assists and swiping a team-best four steals. Holton finished the game with 15 points and Coriolan was the fourth Panther in double figures with 14 points.

TC3 plays at Northampton Community College (Penn.) Saturday.

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