Cortland Falls to Ithaca, 85-71, Despite Career Highs from Lynch and Dugan

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CORTLAND, N.Y. – Ithaca's Cassidy O'Malley registered 18 points, six rebounds, five blocks and three assists as the visiting Bombers defeated Cortland, 85-71, in a non-league women's basketball contest.
Kristy Vitucci (Deer Park) led Cortland (1-2) with 19 points, including 5-of-10 shooting from 3-point range, and added seven rebounds and three assists. Alaina Lynch (Staten Island/Staten Island Tech) and Shelby Dugan (Watervliet) each recorded career highs in scoring. Lynch made 5-of-9 shots from the arc and finished with 17 points along with a career-high tying four assists. Dugan was 5-of-9 overall from the floor with two 3-pointers and ended with 15 points and three assists.
Also for the Red Dragons, Justine Crespo (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds and Shana Crespo (Monroe/Monroe-Woodbury) had six rebounds and six points.
O'Malley was one of four double-figure scorers for Ithaca (2-1). Kellyanne O'Reilly rang up 14 points along with five rebounds, Allie Tunick had 13 points, including 3-of-4 accuracy from the 3-point line, and Annie Giannone scored 11 points and dished out a game-high seven assists.
Ithaca shot 45 percent overall from the field and 50 percent (9-of-18) from 3-point range. Cortland was also more accurate from long distance than from close range as the Red Dragons shot 47 percent from 3-point territory (14-of-30) but only 41 percent overall from the floor.
Ithaca led 21-13 after one quarter. Cortland got within 31-27 on a Lynch trey with 3:46 left in the second, but Ithaca scored the final six points of the period, the last four by Abbi Field, and led 37-27 at halftime.
The Bombers made five 3-pointers in the third quarter, including four consecutive makes from Tunick, O'Reilly, Sara Jackson and Giannone in a two-minute span that gave Ithaca a 62-38 lead with 1:43 left.
Cortland cut its deficit to 18 by the end of the third at 64-46 on a buzzer-beating, off-balance 3-pointer by Dugan, and the Red Dragons eventually got as close as 10 points at 79-69 with 1:44 left. Ithaca held off the charge with two free throws each from Grace Cannon and Giannone over the next 25 seconds and the margin was at least 12 after that.
Cortland begins SUNYAC play Friday at home versus Brockport at 5:30 p.m.