RIT Women’s Basketball: Liberty League Champions

>>The RIT Women’s basketball team secured its first ever NCAA tournament bid on Saturday in Clark Gym after defeating Clarkson University 85-72 in the Liberty League Championship. RIT got hot early. Tara Lynch hits the layup under the basket to cap a 7-0 run to start the game. Cori Okada continued to pour it on in the first. She hits the jumper to put RIT up 19-12. In the second, it was more RIT. Jessica Glaz gets the bucket and the foul to put the Tigers up 36-17. Glaz was heating up. Triple up, triple down. She had 15 points in the first half. To end the second quarter, Cori Okada nails the deep three to put RIT up 47-21 heading into the locker room. Clarkson would make it a game in the second half. Madison Shea gets the and-1 to make to go cutting RIT’s lead to under 20. But RIT would respond. Jessica Glaz get’s the lay-in on the assist from Ashlynn Palmitesso. And Okada hits another 3 to put them up 57-40. In the 4th quarter, Clarkson brought the game with an 8 with a bucket and foul from Alyssia Marsal. RIT led with 71-63 with 4 minutes remaining. In the end, RIT would pull away. Taylor Burns gets the lay-up to go, and RIT goes on to win the Liberty League Championship, 85-72.>>You just went on to a conference championship, now you secured a bid to the NCAA. What does it mean?>>It means everything. I mean, from where we started, to where we are now, it’s just amazing. And I’m just so proud of this group. We fought through some adversity midseason, and really turned it around, and I’m just so proud of how they played tonight. And Clarkson, I gotta give them a lot of credit. They never went away. They came back and fought hard in the second half, And I didn’t really feel like we had the game until the last minute or two. So, it was just an amazing feeling.>>What’s it like being a senior and coming back after last season to win a conference championship?>>I mean, it couldn’t have been a better situation. We got to play the people that we lost to, and, you know, rematch – get it – brought it home! Brought it home. [Cheers]>>It’s great. It feels awesome. We’re the very first women’s basketball team to ever win a championship. And, you literally can’t take away this feeling.>>Cori Okada finished this tournament MVP. She finished with 21 points and 8 assists.>>Honestly, I feel that it should belong to everyone. Everyone on the team, I couldn’t be here without them. All of my assists come from them, and it’s obviously a team win.>>Jessica Glaz and Taylor Burns were named to the All Tournament Team. Glaz led the tigers with 27 points, finishing 6 for 7 with from beyond the arc.>>What does this mean to you as an individual?>>Definitely an accomplishment, from working hard, from working in the weight room with Bryan, and everything, it’s awesome, and I’m so excited to move on.>>And what does it say about this group of girls, that they’re the first ever group that gets to take RIT Women’s basketball to an NCAA Tournament?>>I definitely think they’re a special group, I mean, I just am so proud of them. They’re amazing.>>So you’re a senior, you’re a part of the team that gets to take RIT to it’s first NCAA Championship. What does that mean to you?>>It means we got a lot of work to do this week, and practice, and we’re going to work hard to go far. [Cheers]

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