HOUGHTON, NY – The Alfred University women's basketball team was at Houghton College on Saturday for its season finale against the Highlanders.
The Saxons (8-17, 4-10 Empire 8) used a late fourth quarter run to sneak by Houghton by a score of 64-60 to pick up its third straight Empire 8 victory to wrap up the season.
After Alfred jumped out to a 16-11 lead after the first quarter, the Highlanders cut it to a 28-24 game at halftime.
A tight third quarter made it a three point game in favor of AU heading into the final 10 minutes.
Houghton quickly took its first lead of the game at the eight minute mark of the fourth quarter.
The gap got to be as many as five before the Saxons settled in and began its final run of the game.
At the 2:54 mark Bri Hicks (Burlington, VT / Ithaca) made a layup to regain the lead for Alfred.
That was short lived as a foul followed by a pair of made free throws returned the lead to Houghton, 56-55.
On the next possession, Lyndsey McCoy (Middleburgh, NY / Middleburgh Central) hit a timely three pointer to give Alfred a 58-56 lead with 2:21 to play.
The Saxons never looked back from that point and made enough free throws down the stretch to secure the victory.
"Huge game for us tonight," Head Coach Mike Moskowitz said. "The last few games, we've executed defensively with minimal mental errors, which has been big for us. We also have played together and shared the ball well - a lot of paint touches, both with the drive and good, hard cuts led to open three's. We did a nice job of aggressively offensive rebounding and being relentless with our pursuit of the weak side. Lastly, so proud of this group for their overall toughness and resilience after a season of ups and downs. It's always great to finish strong with three quality conference wins."
AU ended with four players scoring in double figures including a team high 16 points and seven rebounds for Ana Ion (Bucharest, Romania / Episcopal of Jacksonville) .
Jamie Wilcox (Forestville, NY / Pine Valley) capped off her career with 13 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
McCoy and Hicks each finished with 11 points in the afternoon.