Lady Bengals trounced by New Paltz


Dave DeLuca/The Record

McCullough averaged 10.7 points per game and 11.1 rebounds per game in her first year as a Bengal.

Emmanuel Rodriguez, Reporter

The Buffalo State Lady Bengals were looking to avenge Friday night’s loss to Oneonta Saturday afternoon against the New Paltz Hawks. However, the Bengals were unable to get any momentum as they shot 28 percent from the field and fell to 6-12 overall, 3-8 in SUNYAC play.

The Hawks won by outscoring the Bengals, 76-38.

From the opening tip-off, Buffalo State seemed out of sorts and halfway into the first quarter, they found themselves down by as much as 13. By the half, the Hawks’ advantage had been stretched to as much as 17. The Bengals trailed 36-21 at half.

For the second straight night, it was a forgettable halftime speech as the Bengals came out flat out of the locker room and shot 21 percent from the field on 14 shots in the third quarter and committed 10 turnovers. The Hawks really blew this game open in the quarter as they scored 22 points to the six the Bengals were able to muster.

The Hawks ran away with this one by doubling the Bengals’ score, 76-38.

There was a scary moment in the late stages of the fourth quarter. Senior guard Taylor Graham was driving on the baseline and kicked out to junior guard Caleh McLean when she collided with New Paltz forward Philesha Tate. Graham fell to the hardwood court on her stomach and turned to her back after getting the assist. It was unclear where Graham’s injury is. She was on the court for about 15 minutes before being laid onto a stretcher and into an ambulance.

The Buffalo State Bengals will hit the road as their next four are away from the Sports Arena. Next up for the Bengals are the undefeated D-III ranked No. 23 Geneseo Knights (17-0, 10-0) on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

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