March 5, 2010

*Courtesy of Rochester Athletics

ROCHESTER, Mich. - Amy Woods scored eight points and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds off the bench to lead the University of Rochester women's basketball team to a 66-47 win over visiting SUNY Cortland in the opening round of NCAA playoffs.

Just over four minutes into the contest, the two teams were deadlocked at five. Rochester then utilized a 14-1 run over a seven minute stretch to extend the lead to 13. The Yellowjackets led 31-20 at halftime. Cortland shot 20.6% in the first half, but Head Coach Jeannette Mosher was thankful that the game was still within reach. "We felt pretty good to only be down 11. You miss a couple of shots early on and then you get hesitant."

Rochester began the second half with a 7-2 run over the first five minutes to widen the gap to 19. With 8:49 remaining, the Yellowjackets stretched the lead to 22 following a traditional three point play from Jodie Luther. The sophomore forward led all Yellowjackets with 11 points. Cortland responded with a 7-0 run over the next four a half minutes to trim the lead to 15. The Red Dragons would not get any closer, and Rochester advanced with a 19 point win.

The Yellowjackets never trailed in the game and held Cortland to 23.4% shooting from the floor. "Our goal was to keep them on the perimeter, we wanted to limit penetration," said Rochester head coach Jim Scheible. Junior guard Caroline Bernal-Silva, who scored ten points including two of three from behind the arc, added "we play together on defense and as a team we make stops."

The Red Dragons were led by senior forward Jessica Laing, who scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down nine boards. Melissa Alwardt scored ten points and grabbed eight rebounds for Rochester, which also got ten points off the bench from Madeline Korber.

The Yellowjackets advance to face the University of Mary Washington on Saturday night at 7:00 pm with a spot in the Sweet 16 at stake.