Seton Hill held a seven-point lead at halftime behind Paige Alviani, who was just 1-of-7 from 3-point range but had scored 11 points. Alviani finished the game with 18, but could manage only a 1-of-10 effort from long range after a 3-of-4 effort from 3-point and 19 points in the semifinals.
"Number 23 (Tiffany Nicholson) was playing great defense one me," Alviani said. "She was challenging every shot I got, so give her credit."
Also, in the first half, Snyder struggled to score. After hitting Fairmont's second and eighth basket of the game, she missed her first three shots before scoring a layup with 8:24 left. She scored 11 points over the next 8 minutes. Snyder broke the scoring record on a free throw with 3:27 left.
As Fairmont State took over, Seton Hill struggled to score.
Katie Gattuso had 13 points and eight rebounds, but couldn't match the success she had against the Griffins in Fairmont when she had 21 points and 10 boards.
"Some teams give you a shot and some teams give you a drive," Gattuso said. "They wanted to make somebody else beat them not me."
The Fairmont State victory spoiled Seton Hill's quest to win a women's basketball title before shuffling off to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference. It also was the first appearance in a championship game for Seton Hill Coach Ferne Labati, the 1992 National Coach of the Year at Miami (Fla.).