Fredonia, NY - First year Geneva women′s coach Renee Drake is still waiting for her team to play two complete halves of basketball. On Saturday afternoon, the Golden Tornadoes were solid for the first 20 minutes but a second half collapse was the difference in a 79-64 loss to Fredonia State. The loss dropped Geneva′s record to 2-3 including its first back to back losses on the year.
Geneva′s 61% shooting in the first half resulted in a 41-34 lead heading into the locker room. Fredonia brought a new level of defense to the game in the final 20 minutes and held the Golden Tornadoes to only seven second half field goals as they outscored Geneva 45-23 in the final stanza. Geneva′s 17 second half turnovers continued a disturbing trend as the Golden Tornadoes have suffered 29 turnovers in each of the last two games. "We just had a very difficult time handling their pressure in the second half," said Drake. Injuries to a couple key players also played a role in the loss. Both Leah Prisuta and Alyse Scarsella were banged up in the game and neither was able to finish the game on the floor. "Injuries are always a part of things, but we had a tough time finding answers after Leah and Alyse went down."
Beth DeLuca led the Geneva offensive attack with 13 points while Renee Rawding and Christine Carugati each chipped in with 12 points.
"We gave them too many opportunities at the line for easy points," said Drake. Fredonia got 31 attempts at the foul line and made good on over 70% of those chances. It was the second straight game that the Golden Tornadoes have allowed over 30 free throw chances.
Geneva will look to recover quickly as it prepares to open the PAC schedule at Washington & Jefferson on Wednesday night. The Golden Tornadoes return to Metheny Fieldhouse next Saturday to host Thiel College.
Geneva College is a comprehensive Christian college of the arts, sciences and professional studies. Founded in the tradition of the Reformed Christian faith, Geneva prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva College′s philosophy of education is based on the Foundational Concepts of Christian Higher Education. Geneva is a founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU).