JOHNSTOWN - The SUNY Delhi women's basketball team took advantage of a slow start by the Fulton-Montgomery Community College Lady Raiders to jump out to an early lead.
However, once the undefeated Lady Raiders got in sync they quickly overpowered the Lady Broncos and cruised to a 75-54 victory for their sixth-straight victory.
"We have been struggling early in the games, especially defensively, to get ourselves going," FMCC coach Kevin Jones said. "That is something we really have to work on and I want to work on the defensive end the next couple of days before we get up against Mohawk Valley. Once we get out and run in transition, we are good. I think we were hurting ourselves today with our outlet passes. We were throwing them away and that hurt us in transition."
Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s Takima Lucky (15) drives to the hoop against SUNY Delhi's Tanya Barnes (22) for two of her game-high 30 points Thursday night at FMCC. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)
Yaya Soto and Mac Corville combined for the Broncos' first eight points and an early advantage.
Sherice Gayle and Cheryl Osborne took control under the basket pulling down rebounds to limit the Delhi shooters to one look at the basket and allow the Lady Raiders' offense to get on track.
FMCC tied the game at 8-8 five minutes into game.
Delhi retook the lead 12-11 on a pair of free throws from Tanya Barnes, but Takima Lucky, who scored 19 first-half points, answered for the Lady Raiders with a pair of free throws to retake the lead 13-12.
FMCC never looked back after that as it closed out the opening half outscoring Delhi 30-17 to take a 43-29 advantage into the locker room at the half.
The Lady Raiders showed no signs of letting down as they opened the second half with a 14-9 run and used their bench to stretch the advantage to a 21-point win.
Lucky finished with a game-high 30 points to go with five assists, four steals and eight rebounds. Grace Rutagengwa added a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds, while Kassandra Flowers chipped in with her double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds to go with seven assists and five steals.
"Lucky played great tonight and we got some quality minutes from Grace [Rutagengwa]," Jones said. "[Rutagengwa] does a lot of little things for us. We are getting different things from different people every night and that is what is great about it. We have to look at every possession and cut down on our turnovers and get after it on defense. That is what is going to win us a championship."
Soto led Delhi with 20 points including three 3-pointers, and seven rebounds, while Shania Vandermark added 11 points and seven rebounds. Bri Lambert chipped in with eight points and eight rebounds, while Tanya Barnes had six points, three assists and eight rebounds.
Jones said he is pleased with the Lady Raiders' 6-0 start to the season.
"As long as we keep moving forward, that is the big thing," he said. "I thought there in the beginning we took a step backward but then we got things going. I am happy where we are at right now, but we have to shore some things up and keep after it on defense. But we will be all right."
FMCC 75, SUNY Delhi 54
Soto 6-5-20, Vandermark 5-1-11, Bailey 2-0-4, Corville 2-0-4, Barnes 0-6-6, Lambert 4-0-8, Beaver 0-1-1. Totals: 19-13-5.
Jordan 1-0-3, Ward 1-0-2, Flowers 4-2-11, Rutagengwa 4-2-10, Lucky 10-10-30, Osborne 1-0-2, Gayle 6-1-13, Sisti 2-0-4. Totals: 29-15-75.
Halftime: FMCC 43-29.
3-point goals: Delhi 3 (Yaya Soto 3); FMCC 2 (Kendra Jordan, Kassandra Flowers).