Rams Drop Season Opener in Overtime

Rams Drop Season Opener in Overtime

William Smith – 80, Farmingdale State – 78

New Paltz, N.Y. – The Farmingdale State women’s basketball team lost its season opener against William Smith in overtime on Friday in New Paltz, N.Y. William Smith needed a pair of threes at the end of regulation to force overtime in the opening round of the New Paltz Tip-Off Classic.

The Rams trailed by two at the half, but held a four point lead with nine seconds remaining in the game. Sophomore Amy Guthrie (Florham Park, N.J. / Kent Place School) hit a three for the Herons to cut the deficit to one and then immediately fouled sending Farmingdale State to the free throw line. After a Rams miss and an offensive rebound, junior Kimberly Blakney (Brooklyn, N.Y. / Benjamin Banneker) made both at the line, giving Farmingdale a 71-68 advantage with four seconds remaining. Senior Latasha Coney (Lyons, N.Y. / Lyons) hit a running three pointer for William Smith as time expired, sending the game to overtime.

The Rams held a 77-73 lead with three minutes remaining before the Herons went on a 7-0 run to seal the victory and go on to defeat Farmingdale State 80-78.

The Rams were led by Blakney who scored a game high 25 points, recorded ten rebounds and had four blocks. Freshman Shemique Hooks (Westbury, N.Y. / Westbury) grabbed eight boards, scored 19 points and was 3-for-9 from three-point range for Farmingdale. Freshman Dominique Cunningham (Amityville, N.Y. / Copiague) had a game high 13 rebounds in the defeat.