BUFFALO, NY – The Franciscan women's basketball team wrapped up the 2016-17 season on the road as the Lady Barons fell to Medaille 61-38 on the road, Saturday afternoon.
FUS and the Mavericks were locked in a tightly contested battle in the first quarter. The two teams traded baskets in the first three possessions for each team before sophomore Gaby DeJesus hit a layup with 7:06 to play to give Franciscan its first lead of the game, 6-4. Both teams struggled with hitting the three-pointer early in the game as they combined for three misses over the next 2:10 until Kelli McCauley ended the drought with her first of the game to give Medaille a 7-6 lead with 5:15 to play.
The three kicked off a 5-0 run for the Mavericks to give them their biggest lead of the quarter, 6-10, with 3:51 to play. Freshman Kaitlyn Sonneberger took advantage of the Lady Barons' next possession and drove to the basket for a contested layup under the hoop off a pass from senior Johanna Roach to cut the lead down to two, 10-8, with 3:08 to play. Points seem to come at a premium for both teams in the first as the quarter ended at 10-8 with the advantage going to Medaille.
Johanna Roach tied the game during Franciscan's first possession of the second quarter at 10-10 but the Mavericks appeared to end their scoring drought and rattled off nine unanswered points to take a 19-10 lead with 6:45 to play before halftime. Junior Sarah Schriner put an end to the run with layup to trim the lead back to seven, 19-12. Medaille answered with a layup and a pair of free throws to take their first double-digit lead of the game, 23-12, with 4:38 to play in the half. Sonneberger made a jumper keep the Lady Barons close but the Mavericks answered with two baskets to keep the lead at 13, 27-14. Schriner scored the final points of the half for either team as she made a layup and hit the back end of a trip to the free throw line to sends the teams into the locker room with the score 27-17 in favor of Medaille.
The offensive struggles continued for the Lady Barons even though the Mavericks seemed to find their rhythm in the third as Medaille out-scored Franciscan 16-9 in the third.
Over the first five minutes of the final quarter, Medaille raced out to a 52-28 lead behind an 8-2 run. Sonneberger and Johanna Roach hit back to back shots for the Lady Barons to trim the lead back to 20 as Roach hit the second three of the game and half for Franciscan. After a pair of free throws from Lauren Jensen for the Mavericks, Bernadette Roach made a layup on the next Lady Baron possession to kick off two straight possessions with baskets for the Lady Barons as Sonneberger followed with a jumper to cut the lead to 58-36 with 1:33 to play. McCauley hit a three for the Mavericks on their next possession and freshman Abby Baierl made a pair of free throws for the final points of the game to bring the score to its final, 61-38.
Franciscan wraps up the 2016-17 season with an overall record of 3-21 under fourth-year head coach Suzy Delaney as the Lady Barons went 3-15 in the AMCC.