The Alfred State women's basketball team opened up 2013 and WNYAC play with a 58-47 victory over Mercyhurst North East on Thursday. The Lady Pioneers improve to 9-4 (1-0 WNYAC) while the Lady Saints are now 8-4 (0-1 WNYAC).
Haley Witchella (Oxford Academy) led all scorers with 23 points. She also added 15 rebounds and blocked seven shots. Sally Santiago (Bronx/Our Lady of Good Counsel) had a career high 14 points while Briana Meehan (Whitesville) and Eleasha Wiggins (Brooklyn/Bedford Academy) each chipped in nine.
The Lady Pioneers trailed 28-25 at half but shot 60% in the 2nd half and outscored the Lady Saints by 14.
Kirsten Holmes led Mercyhurst with 15 points. The Lady Saints shot just 25.8% from the field for the game including 20.7% in the 2nd half.
Alfred returns to action on Tuesday when they hit the road for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off at Niagara CCC.