Alfred State started off fast but Nazareth had a big 2nd and 3rd quarter to rally past the Pioneers 72-61 in a Monday women's basketball matinee.
The blue & gold jumped out to a 13-5 lead but Nazareth climbed back in and trailed by one, 17-16, after ten minutes. The Golden Flyers continued their run in the 2nd quarter and outscored ASC 14-4 to head into the half with a 30-21 lead. Both teams got the offense going in the 3rd but Nazareth extended their lead to 58-40 heading into the final 10 minutes. The Pioneers outscored the Flyers 21-10 and cut the lead down to eight in the final minute but couldn't get any closer.
Rayanna Anderson (Wellsville) led the Pioneers with 19 points. Kelsey Shaulis (Ovid/South Seneca) had a big 2nd half and finished with 16 points while Jordyn Pettit (Wellsville) recorded a double-double with 13 points and 12 boards.
Rachel Benedict led all scorers with 24 points and 18 rebounds. Jadyn Abrams finished with 14, Ryann Stefaniak added 13, and Kim Davis chipped in 11.
Alfred State shot 37.5% from the field (24 for 64) while Nazareth shot 35.1% (26 for 74). The Flyers held a 55 to 38 rebounding advantage and outscored the Pioneers bench 29 to 7.
The Pioneers continue their homestand on Wednesday when they return to AMCC play for a 8 p.m. contest vs. La Roche.