Third Quarter Dooms Panther Women in Loss to Fredonia

Photo credit to Wade Aiken.
Photo credit to Wade Aiken.

Fredonia used a hot-shooting third quarter from long-range to defeat the Pitt-Bradford women's basketball team, 77-68, Saturday at the KOA Arena.

The Blue Devils combined to hit 10 three-pointers on the afternoon, including five in the third quarter, and stifled the Panthers to just 31 percent shooting.

Fredonia closed out the first half scoring the final seven points to take a 44-36 lead into the break, and the momentum would carry over to the third quarter.

In span of two and half minutes, Fredonia connected for three three-pointers to stretch its lead to 55-41, and consecutive treys moments later would push the Blue Devil advantage to 20.

The visitors would outscore the Panthers 22-8 during the period and lead by as much as 23 before it ended. To compound matters, the Panthers were just 3-of-23 from the field in the decisive frame.

Pitt-Bradford chipped away at the lead in the fourth quarter, pulling within 10 in the final two minutes, but a Fredonia layup stretched the lead to 77-65. Ali Rinfrette connected for a three in the final minute to cap the scoring.

Fredonia shot 44 percent from the field, scored 17 points off 14 Pitt-Bradford turnovers and outscored the Blue and Gold 36-28 in the paint. Despite being outrebounded 50-48, the Panthers managed to haul in 21 offensive rebounds.

Rinfrette led the Panthers with a double-double of 27 points and 11 rebounds. Darien Lantz added 17 points, seven boards and four steals, and Brittany Watts totaled seven points and eight rebounds.

Pitt-Bradford drops to 1-2 on the season and will travel to Houghton Tuesday for a 7 p.m. tip.