Red Dragons rally to reach finals
GENESEO — For the SUNY Cortland women’s basketball team, this was a classic case of all’s well that ends well. The Red Dragons opened up Friday night’s SUNY Athletic Conference semifinal playoff game against New Paltz going five scoreless minutes before senior Lindsey Minor made a pair of free throws.
The Red Dragons went more than six minutes before scoring their first basket, senior guard Brittany Rando finally ending that shooting drought with a short jump shot.
From that inauspicious start, the Cortland recovered to be within 27-23 at halftime before junior forward Brittney Dumas stepped up in the second half to carry the second seeds to a 57-48 victory over the third-seeded Hawks.
Conference scoring leader Dumas scored 18 of her game-high 24 points after intermission to lift Cortland (21-5) into today’s 4 p.m. title game, where the Red Dragons will face top-seed and Final Four host Geneseo (22-4) at this same Schrader Gymnasium site.
Geneseo advanced with a 62-49 win over fourth-seeded Oneonta in Friday’s semifinal twin bill nightcap.