NYU can't handle No. 18 Rochester
Wright knocks down career-high 19 points
In a rematch between two third-place teams in the UAA, Rochester got the upper hand against NYU on Friday night, beating the Violets 64-46. The Yellowjackets were led by Kristyn Wright, who scored a career-high 19 points on 8-11 shooting from the floor, three of which were 3-pointers.
The Violets were led by their team’s leading scorer Maggie Ely, who had 16 points – though she shot below 33 percent from the floor. As a team, NYU hit just 26.6 percent of its free-throw attempts. Rochester, meanwhile, shot 41.5 percent as a team.
The loss ends a two-game conference win streak for the Violets. It was revenge for the Yellowjackets, who lost to NYU, 69-82, a week ago in New York City.
Rochester claimed a big lead at halftime thanks to a 21-0 run midway through the period and despite Melissa Alwardt being held to no points. Alwardt was held scoreless in the game – a week after she put up a career-high 28 points in the loss to NYU.
Neither team shot well in the early going – both hovering around 25 percent in the first seven minutes of the game – but the Yellowjackets were able to pull away thanks in large part to their post players.
Jodie Luther finished the first half with six points along with five rebounds, while Madeline Korber added eight points, going perfect from the floor. Luther would finish the game just shy of the double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds, while Korber finished with 13 points.
Kristin Wright led UR in scoring at the half with nine points, but NYU’s Maggie Ely led all scorers with 12 points.
NYU didn’t score from 15:56 to 6:49, then put in four baskets to close the gap to 29-16, capping it off with an and-one breakaway layup at 4:24 by Chelsea Blake. The Violets couldn’t get any closer, however, and finished the half down 35-19.
NYU went on a 10-3 run in first 5 minutes of the second to cut the lead to 10, and the teams traded baskets. The ’Jackets were powered largely by Luther, who scored six points in the first 10 minutes to keep UR’s lead in double digits.
NYU’s posts fought back, led by Shelby Coon on the glass with 10 rebounds and freshman Kelly Loughney, who finished the game with nine points and four rebounds.
But Korber’s two free throws at 9:15 put UR back up by 15, and the Yellowjackets never looked back. Wright’s final 3-pointer at 5:31 gave the Yellowjackets a 20-point lead, their largest of the second half, as UR was able to hold off the Violet’s last comeback attempt.
With the win, UR improves to 15-4, 5-3 in conference, while NYU falls to 10-9, 4-4 in conference play.