by Bridget Carney
The St. John Fisher women’s basketball team has gone 5-4 since returning to play after a month break in December.
The Cardinals gave the Hawks of Hartwick College their first conference loss of the season after draining nine 3-pointers. The Cardinals defeated the Hawks 69-66 which advanced Fisher to a record of 6-8, 3-2.
The Cardinals opened up the first period with four made 3-pointers, including two back to back treys by senior captain Maria Kelleher. Fisher’s lead opened up with a Chelsea Repard layup but were quickly tied up as the Hawks responded with a 3-pointer of their own.
During the second quarter, senior point guard Emily Piacentini took the offense into her own hands as she drilled a 3-pointer of her own along with a pair of steals which translated into six points.
Although Hartwick came out of halftime on a 10-point run, Fisher quickly responded for a 17-point run led by back-to-back layups by junior Nicole Robinson.
As Fisher continued to capitalize on the offensive end, Hartwick attempted to chip away but was unsuccessful as the Cardinals finalized the win from the free throw line.
The Cardinals were led by Piacentini with 18 points, followed by Kelleher with 16.
“It was a hard fought win,” said Kelleher. “We deserved it.”
Stevens downs Fisher Saturday afternoon
Fisher looked to continue their momentum as Stevens traveled to Pittsford, but were unable to handle the Ducks as they dropped an 81-68 decision Saturday Afternoon. The setback put an end to the two-game conference win streak the Cardinals were looking to build on.
The two foes went back and forth for the opening period but the Ducks took a 6-point lead in the second after a 9-3 run before their offense began to dwindle. Fisher’s Caroline Robertson delivered five consecutive points to make it 33-32, Fisher, at halftime.
Stevens opened up a 14 point lead in the third quarter but Piacentini and Robertson were not ready to give up yet. The pair worked to turn offense into defense and got the deficit down to 8 before the Ducks put the game out of reach with a late 7-0 run.
Robertson finished with a career night, scoring 26 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Tightly contested win over Houghton
The Cardinals were able to bounce back with a 48-42 home win over the Houghton Highlanders. The win puts Fisher back in the top 4 of the Empire 8 standings with a 4-3 conference record. Robertson led the way for the Cardinals with 15 points.
Fisher now prepares for a three game road trip starting with a quick bus trip down the road for an important game against the current fifth place team in the Empire 8, Nazareth College.