COBLESKILL, N.Y. – Junior Holli Erkson (Cooperstown, N.Y.) scored a team-best 25 points as the Wells College women's basketball team secured a 74-46 victory over SUNY Cobleskill Friday evening at the Iorio Gymnasium. Wells improves to 9-13 overall and to 8-9 within the North Eastern Athletic Conference as they look to lock down a playoff position in their final two regular season games of the year. SUNY Cobleskill (2-20, 1-16 NEAC) dropped their 12th-straight game.
Erkson scored 20 or more points for the third time in her last four games, shooting 9-for-16 from the floor while adding four steals and two assists. Senior Jessilyn Artaho-Aki (Kapa'a, Hawaii) scored eight points to tie junior Brooke Benedetto (Williamstown, N.Y.) and sophomore Anita Babb (Auburn, N.Y.) for second place in point scoring. Freshman Kamarie Maturine (Brooklyn, N.Y.) totaled a team-leading six rebounds while Babb assisted a team-best five field goals.
SUNY Cobleskill opened the game on an 8-0 run and eventually built up a game-high 10 point lead following two Felicia Snyder free throws. Wells came roaring back, however, closing the opening 20 minutes on a 26-to-10 scoring run that was highlighted by 10 straight Express points from 8:36 to 6:53, a span of 1:43.
The Express put the game away for good in the second half by opening play with an outstanding 29-5 run that stretched over 8:53. Wells capped off that impressive sequence with two free throws by junior Jasmine Thomas (Las Vegas, Nev.), creating a game-high 30 point lead. Back-to-back jumpers by Benedetto created a 72-42 lead with 2:01 left, but Cobleskill scored twice before a Babb jumper with eight seconds left on the clock set the final score at 74-46.
Shelby Preston led all SUNY Cobleskill players with 21 rebounds and 18 points. Snyder racked up eight points while Tracy Anderson posted three assists for the host Fighting Tigers. Despite outrebounding the Express by a 48-to-35 margin, Wells forced SUNY Cobleskill into 29 turnovers while posting more steals than turnovers (18-to-17).
Wells concludes the regular season of play Saturday, Feb. 21 as they face-off against SUNY Poly in a 1 p.m. road contest.