St. Lawrence University junior Allison Cady scored in double figures against a Liberty League opponent for the first time this season on Tuesday night, finishing with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting to lead the women's basketball team to a 63-58 win over Skidmore College in the Burkman Gymnasium. Senior Kelly Legg scored a game-high 23 points and added 12 rebounds, battling Skidmore's Angela Botiba, who finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.
St. Lawrence remains atop the conference standings after winning its sixth straight game, improving to 14-6 (10-1). Meanwhile, Skidmore falls to 9-12 (4-8), and though Jordyn Wartts added 14 points, she finished only 3-for-19 from the floor.
"That was a good win for us against a very athletic team that was well-prepared and well-rested coming off of the bye weekend," said St. Lawrence head coach Dan Roiger. "Angela Botiba is a great player and we had our hands full with her. We tried different people and different defenses on her, but the only one that worked was when they were resting her."
Neither team was able to gain separation throughout the first half, as both squads missed several open jumpers and lay-ups that could've gathered momentum. The teams went to the locker room tied at 26-26, with Wartts and Botiba finishing with 10 points each for Skidmore, while Legg led St. Lawrence with nine. Skidmore found itself in the game as Kara McDuffee was 0-for-6 from the floor and rookie Caroline Dalton did not attempt a shot.
Cady helped the Saints out to a three-point advantage early in the second half, while Legg followed with a lay-up and a three pointer to open up the largest lead of the game, 37-31, with 14:52 to play. However, Skidmore came right back with buckets from Migle Vilunaite and Ella Scheuerell to keep it a two point game.
Botiba would tie the score with at 42-42, as Skidmore began to lob the ball into the post and let her go to work. Legg answered with a pair of free throws, and after a bucket by Cassie St. Hilaire, a huge three that fueled an 11-0 run that seemingly put the game away at 53-42 with 5:36 remaining.
Skidmore would pick up full court pressure in the final minutes and created several turnovers to give itself chances to close the gap. Botiba managed back-to-back lay-ups to make it a one-possession game, 59-56, with 53 seconds left. Unfortunately for the Thoroughbreds, they were unable to score again until the final second, missing six straight field goal tries as St. Lawrence put the game away with free throws, earning the 63-58 win.
"I was really proud of the team in the second half. We really had just one run in the game, but it was enough," added Coach Roiger. "During that run we hit some open shots off good passes and on the defensive end we really rebounded well and kept them to one shot. Our players dug in during a tight game and that is good experience for us at this time of year."
St. Lawrence overcame 14 turnovers by shooting 79% at the free throw line (23-of-29). The Saints finished 33% from the floor, while Skidmore shot 28%. The two teams combined for 46 fouls in the contest.
St. Lawrence will hit the road this weekend for a pair of tough conference tests, as the team faces RIT and William Smith. The Saints and Tigers will tip-off at 6:00pm on Friday, February 14.