Women’s basketball goes 0-2 in Mark’s Pizzeria Crosstown Shootout

Fisher dropped the first game 72-49 to the University of Rochester. (Photo Courtesy of Fisher Athletics)

By Bridget Carney, Staff Writer

The Cardinals fell short in back-to-back games for the Mark’s Pizzeria Crosstown Shootout before what will be a long break in action.

On Dec. 2, the lady Cardinals fell to the 11-ranked University of Rochester Yellow Jackets 72-49.

Initially, Fisher took an early 8-7 lead as junior Nicole Robinson sunk a jump-shot, but it was quickly followed up with a Rochester three where they would take the lead for good.

Freshman Chlesea Repard tried to keep things interesting as she converted a driving layup to put Fisher within six points midway through the second quarter. This resulted in a 10-point Rochester run, making it 32-22 at the half.

While baskets were traded throughout the third quarter, Rochester led 48-36 going into the final stanza, and Rochester opened up the flood gates.

As Robinson scored the first four points of the fourth quarter, the Yellow Jackets went on for an 8-0 run which eventually resulted in a 19-point deficit for the Cardinals.

Caroline Robertson led the Cardinals with 14 points while Jessica Rhone and Robinson scored 11 points and eight points respectively.

Fisher returned to action quickly hosting the RIT Tigers the next night. The Cardinals lost a heartbreaking overtime thriller 80-82.

Fisher led the entire first half, forcing seven tiger turnovers. The Tigers eventually pulled within two points, until Fisher went on a 9-2 run to take their largest lead of the game, 34-25. RIT then went on a nine-point run of its own, tying up the game at 34 with two minutes left in the third.

RIT took its first lead of the game before a Robertson sank a running jumper which regained Fisher’s momentum. The Cardinals would go on an 8-0 run to lead by six, but consecutive three pointers by RIT forced overtime.

As the Cardinals trailed for most of overtime, they could not convert on key plays which would have taken the lead.

Senior point guard and captain Emily Piacentini had a career night, dropping 21 points before fouling out. She was named to the all tournament team.

Robinson recorded her second career double-double, finishing with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Robertson also contributed 12 points and six rebounds while Rhone added 7 boards and 4 points of her own. Maria Kelleher and Erin Hulbert each tallied 10 points.

Fisher will take the court again in January for the Gettysburg Invitational.

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