SUNY Broome women's basketball team in Auburn

The women’s basketball team got off to a slow start Thursday evening in Auburn before pulling away from Cayuga CC in the second half for the 57-42 MSAC victory. After a week long delay getting back to the hardwood the Hornets were finally able to start the second half of their season against the Spartans.

Broome took an early 7-4 lead in the first quarter before Cayuga went on an 8-0 run behind Elisabeth Waterman’s 6 points. Broome answered back with a 7-0 run of their own and a 14-12 lead after one. The Hornets continued to struggle offensively in the second frame before Dana Stepp hit a three-ball before the buzzer and a three point halftime lead.

The Hornets came out in the third and took a 43-30 lead midway through the quarter and held the Spartans to six points for the 47-34 lead going into the fourth. Cayuga was able to close the gap to nine points in the last quarter but Broome’s defense dug in limiting the Spartans to eight points in the last ten minutes.

Gwendolyn Payne scored a collegiate best 17 points as did Lakeisha Temu with 12 points. Stepp filled the stat lines with 6 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 steals and a block and teammate Brooke Ladd had another double-double with 12 points and 15 boards.

Broome returns to the Baldwin Gym for a 1:00 pm tipoff this Saturday against Genesee CC in a Region III contest.

Submitted by: Mike Huggler