LEMONT & FURNACE, Pa. (November 5, 2017) – The SUNY Delhi women's basketball team began their 2017-18 season Saturday in the win column, rallying from ten down in the fourth quarter to pull out a 74-70 victory at Penn State Fayette. The win was highlighted by a pair of double-double performances by Samiaya Salley and Camryn McDonald. Salley had a game-high 24 points and 12 rebounds, scoring 12 of her points in the final period, while McDonald had 12 points and 12 boards, including seven offensive rebounds.
Despite a slim 29-28 Broncos lead at halftime, the Lions pounced to take as much as a 15-point lead in the third quarter at 46-31 with 5:40 left in the period. Delhi was able to cut it down to seven late in the period before Fayette got it back up to ten at 53-43 with 9:30 to play in the fourth. The Broncos then went on a 14-2 run, capped by a go-ahead layup from Kiera Holland, for a 57-55 lead with 6:35 to play. The game would be a back-and-forth contest over the next four minutes, with three ties and two lead changes. After Fayette regained a 68-66 lead with 2:51 to go, Salley converted a key and-one layup that put Delhi up for good with 2:29 to play. A pair of free throws by Salley, a layup by Diana Echols and one more point from the charity stripe by Sam Acuna accounted for the Broncos' final points of the day.
In addition to Salley and McDonald, Holland and Acuna also finished in double digits in points. Holland had 15 markers, making 7-of-15 from the floor, while Acuna had 14 points. Diana Echols finished with eight points and 11 rebounds, including eight offensive boards. Despite the Broncos shooting 56.5 percent from the free-throw line (13-for-23), Salley made 7-of-9 on her trips to the line and shooting 3-for-4 in the final quarter to help seal the win. Salley made 8-of-15 from the field. Acuna and Holland each had four steals.
The game saw a dozen ties and eight lead changes overall. The Broncos outrebounded the Lions, 49-27, and led, 36-32, in points in the paint. Delhi was stung, however, by turning over the ball 31 times, compared to 19 for Fayette. The Lions also made 77.8 percent of their free throws (14-for-18).