March 20, 2023
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Dominant first quarter carries women’s basketball over RIT

The Ithaca College women’s basketball team took on the Rochester Institute of Technology Tigers on Feb. 7 in a ferocious game where the Bombers came out on top 78–46. 

Throughout the entirety of the game, the Bombers showed a huge amount of intensity and made the Tigers work hard to make any of their shots. In the first quarter, RIT had been doing well with steals, as the Bombers were giving the ball away easily while they were trying to get the shot off. 

Junior guard Hannah Polce and graduate student forward Lindsey Albertelli of the Bombers worked together to successfully guard the Tigers’ players and not allow them to make a shot until the last two minutes of the quarter. On top of the great defense from the Bombers, their passing and readjusting of the ball were what allowed them to put point after point onto the scoreboard. By the end of the first quarter, the Bombers were leading 19–3. 

First-year student forward Avery McPeek explained that the Bombers were not going to slow down, no matter how big the lead got. 

“From the minute the clock started, the team fought hard,” McPeek said. “Even though we were up almost 30 points, we still played as if they were beating us.”

The second quarter was a big one for Bombers’ senior guard Natalie Smith. She racked up eight points for the team in the frame, along with another six in the third quarter. Smith not only was making all her threes — she went 4-for-4 — but her defense was what brought her team to victory. 

By the second half of the game, RIT started to gain some points back to where the score was 65–31 by the end of the third. The Bombers had strong passes, which gave sophomore forward Annabella Yorio the opportunity to shoot layups.

The Bombers brought strength, intensity and consistency to this game, ultimately ending the game with the final score of 78–46. Though the Tigers fought hard in the second half, it was not enough to defeat the Bombers.

The Bombers have completed their last home game of the season and head to Clarkson University at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 10 for their next game.