Frederick records double-double; Saints women's basketball falls short against Engineers
First-year Katie Frederick recorded her first career double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds, but the St. Lawrence University women's basketball team fell to Rensselaer 49-46 in a Liberty League contest Saturday afternoon in Troy, New York.
Second to Frederick, Cara Waterson scored nine points and grabbed two rebounds, while Jenny Scudder tallied seven and three, respectively. Kaelyn Kohlasch recorded four rebounds and two steals.Frederick put the Saints on the board with a layup at the 6:43 mark of the first quarter. After trading baskets, the Saints went ahead 5-4 with just over four minutes left in the opening period. The Engineers scored the next five points, all from the free throw line, to gain a 9-5 edge. St. Lawrence scored on a free throw of its own to stop the run, but RPI notched the final four points for the seven-point lead.
The second quarter saw both teams go on six-point streaks before RPI notched 10 of the final 13 points for a 12-point halftime advantage.
Kohlasch once again triggered a comeback attempt for the Saints, and after two free throws from Scudder, the Scarlet and Brown had closed the gap to just seven points with 1:46 to play in the third.
Sam Krumbhaar responded with back-to-back layups for the Engineers, and held the Saints at bay for the first several minutes of the final frame. Frederick added a jump shot and a layup bringing the game within six with 3:14 to play. Marlee Gunn dwindled the game to 49-45 with less than a minute to play.
Meghan O'Connor picked up one from the line, and after two missed RPI free throws the game remained in sight with 15 seconds to play, but the last 3-point attempt fell short for the Saints.
Shaina Iton led the Engineers with 12 points and nine rebounds, while LaKissa Martin and Krumbhaar tallied 11 each. Krumbhaar also recorded four steals on the win for RPI.
"It was a really disappointing performance today," said head coach Dan Roiger. "When you come out on the wrong end of the scoreboard, you realize that some games you get beat and others you lose. Today, we lost the game. We need a stronger performance from our leaders, they struggled shooting and made too many mistakes that led to baskets. When you lose two games in a row by three points, those breakdowns make a difference."
Despite the result, the Saints held a 33-30 rebound advantage and with the loss, St. Lawrence fell to 2-3 on the season and 0-2 in Liberty League play, while Rensselaer improved to 5-3 and 2-0.
The Saints will honor members of the campus community for Faculty Appreciation Night and host SUNY Potsdam in their home opener Tuesday, December 5th at 6 p.m.