WBB: Third Quarter Offensive Outburst Lifts Wildcats over Amcats in Season Opener.

Photo Credit - Cottonwood Studios (cottonwoodstudioscny.com)
Photo Credit - Cottonwood Studios (cottonwoodstudioscny.com)

PITTSFORD, N.Y. – The SUNY Poly women's basketball team earned their first win of the season on Friday over Anna Maria 72-51. The game was close through 20 minutes of play, but the Wildcats turned up the heat in the second half to secure their place in the St. John Fisher Tip-off Tournament Championship game on Saturday.


The game was tight in the first half with Anna Maria holding a one point lead through 20 minutes of play. That all changed in the third quarter where the Wildcats put up a dominating 24-7 score differential to take a commanding 59-43 lead. The fourth quarter was a jog to the finish line, as the Wildcats held onto the lead to win by 21.


  • The Wildcats had four players in score in the double-digits.
  • Taylor Aybar (Woodside, N.Y.) led the way with a game high 21 points. She shot 8-15 from the floor (53%) with six assists, five rebounds, and two steals.
  • Rylie Smith (St Johnsville, N.Y.) scored 15 in her season debut. The senior drained a game high three 3-pointers and pulled down nine rebounds.
  • Molly Burdick (Vestal, N.Y.) scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds in her Wildcat debut. The freshman also had two blocks in the game.
  • Kiersten Leos (Camden, N.Y.) scored 11 in the season debut. She also had three rebounds, three assists, and three steals.
  • Freshman Samantha Dayter (Cohoes, N.Y.) scored eight points and had seven rebounds in her first game as a Wildcat. She also had a game high five steals, two blocks, and an assist.


The Wildcats will play in the Championship game of the St. John Fisher Tip-off Tournament tomorrow at 3:00 PM. The 'Cats will play the host Cardinals in the game.



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