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Einink contributes as Fredonia Blue Devils beat Brockport

January 21, 2016
By M.J. Stafford ( , Westfield Republican

FREDONIA (Jan. 16) - Fredonia State's women's basketball team bounced back Saturday afternoon from its Friday night loss to Geneseo, as it grabbed a 64-53 victory over Brockport, the Blue Devils' second Steele Hall SUNYAC matchup in less than 24 hours.

The Blue Devils (10-4, 5-2) never trailed after senior standout Sabrina Macaulay made an open layup early in the first quarter for a 4-2 Fredonia advantage. The Golden Eagles (7-6, 3-3) kept it close the entire game, never going down by more than 12, but also never making much of a move to challenge the home team's lead.

"I'm really proud of the way we fought," Fredonia coach Linda Hill-MacDonald said. "We made shots when we needed to, we got rebounds when we needed to. I think it was a well-played team effort."

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Fredonia’s Jenna Einink (32), a Chautauqua Lake Central School graduate, looks to make a pass around Brockport’s Olivia Suhr (23) during their SUNYAC women’s college basketball game at the Steele Hall Fieldhouse.

Macaulay, who led all scorers with 17 points, had 10 of them, including a 4-of-4 effort from the free-throw line, in the first quarter. The Blue Devils also got a bucket from Khee Nance (Dunkirk) in the opening period on their way to a 22-17 lead.

The second quarter featured much less offense, as both teams' shooters went cold. Neither team scored until Nance's field goal with over three minutes gone by in the period.

Jenna Einink (Chautauqua Lake) drained a 3-pointer soon after to give Fredonia its first double-digit lead of the game, 27-17. That lead stood at 10 until the Golden Eagles' Jenna Lividni sank a trey just before the halftime buzzer to put Fredonia up 31-24.

Hill-MacDonald was pleased with her team's defensive effort in the game.

"I think we defended their 3-point shot well and we definitely defended the interior well. They're very strong inside," she said.

Einink was a big part of Fredonia's feisty defense in the third period, rejecting Brockport shots off drives on two consecutive possessions. She then fed Macaulay for layups on two straight Blue Devils' possessions later in the period. After Alexis Cheatham hit two straight 3-pointers, and Macaulay sank two more free throws, Fredonia enjoyed a 50-39 lead with one quarter remaining.

Einink got the rest of her six points on a three-point play with 7:11 left in the fourth period. It gave Fredonia a 53-41 lead - the largest lead they had the rest of the game. When Brockport's Faith Welch hit all three free throws after getting fouled on a 3-point try, the Golden Eagles were only down 56-51 with 1:59 left on the clock.

The Blue Devils promptly threw the ball away. After a Brockport timeout, Lividini missed a 3-pointer that could have cut Fredonia's lead to two. Brockport never got that close again and scored only two more the rest of the way, while Fredonia went 6 of 10 from the charity stripe, as the visitors fouled to prolong the game.

The Blue Devil women are on the road for their next three games as SUNYAC play continues. They play Tuesday at Buffalo State, Friday at New Paltz and Saturday at Oneonta. Their next home game is Jan. 29 against Potsdam.

NOTES: Welch led all Brockport scorers with 14 points.. Olivia Suhr had 10 points and 18 rebounds for the Golden Eagles... Cheatham had 12 points and Jacque Law had 10 points for Fredonia... Einink totaled six points, three blocks, two assists and two steals in her 17 minutes off the bench for the Blue Devils, while Nance had six points, six rebounds and three assists in nine minutes of play.



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