BUFFALO, N.Y.— Senior Liv LeBaron (Corning/Corning East) scored a game-high 24 points to become the 15th player in program history to reach 1,000-career points at Buffalo State as the Bengals raced past visiting Fredonia, 72-59, in today's SUNYAC opener for both teams.
FINAL SCORE: Buffalo State – 72, Fredonia - 59
LOCATION: Sports Arena – Buffalo, N.Y.
RECORDS: Buffalo State (3-3/1-0), Fredonia (2-4/0-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- LeBaron finished 10 of 17 from the floor to go along with nine rebounds.
- Katie Villarini (Hamburg/Hamburg) nearly recorded her first career triple-double, chipping in 11 points, 12 rebounds and a game-high eight assists.
- Lexi Emmi (Liverpool/Liverpool) added a career-high 11 points and four assists, while Kendall Mills (Buffalo/Kenmore East) tallied eight points and a career-high five rebounds.
- Buffalo State jumped out to an early 26-12 lead after the first 10 minutes of action, behind 19 first quarter points from LeBaron.
- Fredonia trimmed the lead to 31-22 with 4:32 left in the first half, which would be the closer the Blue Devils came as the Bengals claimed a 38-25 halftime lead.
- Buffalo State maintained its sizable lead for the entire third frame and used a three-point field goal by Kaelee Lynch (Atwater, CA/Buhach Colony) to take a 52-40 lead at the final intermission.
- The Bengals outscored the Blue Devils 20-19 in the fourth quarter to claim the 72-59 victory.
- Buffalo State held a 34-22 advantage in points in the paint and an 18-10 edge in bench production.
- The Bengals shot 39 percent from the floor while holding the Blue Devils to 34 percent shooting.
FOR THE FOES
- Anna Chiacchia led the Blue Devils with 17 points and eight rebounds.
- Lauren Mickley and Rae White chipped in 14 and 11 points respectively.
- With the victory, Buffalo State earns a point in the season-long "Battle by the Lake" competition. Fredonia holds a slim 6-5 lead prior to the men's game.
- In addition to reaching the 1,000-career point at Buffalo State club, LeBaron moved up to 15th all-time in scoring with 1,002 career points in 58 career games. LeBaron also tallied 153 points during her one season at Brockport.
Buffalo State closes out the first semester of action as it travels to Pitt-Bradford for a non-conference contest on Thursday, Dec. 19.