MONTCLAIR, N.J. – Montclair State scored more than half of its points from 3-point range and the nationally 11th-ranked Red Hawks defeated visiting Cortland, 66-49, in a non-league women's basketball game.
The Red Hawks remained perfect on the season at 12-0 with the victory. Cortland is now 4-6 and will return to SUNYAC play by hosting New Paltz Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Oneonta Saturday at 4 p.m.
Cortland held Montclair to just 10-of-31 shooting (32 percent) inside the arc, but the hosts made 12-of-25 shots (48 percent) from 3-point distance. Katie Sire led Montclair with 29 points, including 6-of-8 accuracy from long distance, and also registered five steals, six rebounds and three assists. Rachael Krauss scored 12 points (4-of-10 from 3-point range) and Kate Tobie made 2-of-3 treys and ended with 10 points and five assists.
Kristy Vitucci (Deer Park) led Cortland with 14 points. She made 4-of-9 attempts from the 3-point line. Cassidy Chapko (Valley Falls/Hoosic Valley) scored 12 points and Alyssa Crosby (Brier Hill/Hammond) added seven points, four rebounds and three assists. Danielle Levine (Holbrook/Sachem North) led the Red Dragons with seven rebounds and shared the team lead with three assists.
Cortland shot 44 percent from the floor in the first half, including 5-of-8 from 3-point distance, but was held to 29 percent in the second half and finished at 36 percent.
Cortland led 14-8 to start the game and held a 20-19 at the end of the first quarter. Montclair eventually took the lead for good at 26-23 on a Tobie 3-pointer with 7:09 left in the half. Montclair led 37-30 at halftime behind Sire's 17 points, and the Red Hawks extended their lead to 52-36 on a Sire trey with 2:07 left in the third.
The Red Dragons made a push early in the fourth quarter. They drew within 10 in the first minute on hoops by Crosby and Chapko, and later cut a 14-point deficit to eight with 6:07 left on back-to-back 3-pointers from Chapko and Vitucci. Montclair, however, finished the game on a 10-1 run, with Sire scoring the first five of those decisive points.