(Aurora, N.Y.)─ The SUNY IT Wildcats led by 17 points at the half and held off the Wells Express down the stretch en route to a 63-52 victory in North Eastern Athletic Conference women's basketball action Saturday afternoon in Aurora. Lyndsey Brognano (Rome, N.Y./Rome Free) led the Wildcats with a team high 16 points and five rebounds. Ashley Roser (Taberg, N.Y./Camden) paced the Express with a game high 20 points, 15 rebounds, eight assists, and seven blocks. The loss drops the Express to 3-17 (3-14 NEAC), while the Wildcats improve to 13-7 (12-6 NEAC).
Gabrielle Palozzolla (Syacuse, N.Y./Bishop Ludden) added 15 points, Kristen Ryan (Syracuse, N.Y./Bishop Ludden) chipped with eight points, while Brittany White (Lewiston, N.Y./Lewiston-Porter) finished with nine rebounds and two points for Wells.
Tamara Williams (Rome, N.Y./Rome Free) finished with 11 points and seven rebounds and Taylor Topping (Bronx, N.Y./Preston) added 10 points and five rebounds to round-out the scoring for the Wildcats.
The Express held SUNY IT to 32.8 percent from the field, including 8 of 28 in the second half. Wells shot 38.5 percent from the floor, including 5 of 15 from behind the arc. On the defensive end the Wildcats controlled the boards 48-40, while forcing 22 Express turnovers.
The Wildcats controlled the entire first half but the Express continued to hang around, cutting the lead to as little eight, four separate times. Leading 28-20, the Wildcats used a late 9-0 run over the final five minutes of the half to take a commanding 17 point lead (37-20) heading into the break.
SUNY IT continued to hold the Express at bay in the second half, leading by 18 points (56-38) with 8:35 to play. Despite the large deficit, the Express continued to play hard. Ryan drilled three 3-pointers and a lay-up by Roser would cut the lead to ten (59-49) with 1:39 to play. The run would be the last for the Express as the Wildcats held on over the final minute of play to earn the conference victory.
The Express return to action on Wednesday evening against NEAC opponent SUNY Morrisville with the game set to tip at 5 p.m. in Morrisville.