Free throw differential sends Knights women's basketball to loss versus Skidmore
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 8:49 am

Potsdam, NY – With a 28-point fourth quarter Skidmore nearly matched its output from the first three quarters and was able to make free throws down the stretch to down the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team 60-46 in Liberty League action Tuesday night at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Golden Knights fell to 7-6 overall and saw their conference record evened at 2-2. Skidmore stayed unbeaten in league games at 5-0 and moved to 8-5 overall on the season. Clarkson will take to the road to face Vassar College and Bard College this weekend.

Both teams started the first quarter slowly on offense, with neither surpassing four points through the first six minutes of the game. Eventually the Golden Knights pushed out to a modest lead of five points (12-7), but Skidmore went on a run to take their first lead of the game at the 5:13 mark of the second quarter when Kelly Donnelly buried a 3-pointer. Clarkson scored the next six points and had a five-point lead after a jumper from Kati Gotch at 3:14, but the Knights went cold over the next few minutes and Skidmore regained the lead at 24-22 when Ari Fustini grabbed an offensive board and converted on the put back. Molly Stewart did the same for Clarkson at the other end, giving both teams 24 points at the break.

At the start of the third, Skidmore was off offensively, scoring only two points in the first six minutes, allowing Clarkson to take advantage with a 9-2 run, capped by a Devin Sorell 3-pointer at the 3:50 mark to make it 33-26. However, that would be it for Clarkson on offense for a bit, as Skidmore pulled to within three by the end of the quarter and continued to use its significant advantage on the glass (54-28) to get second chances and also get to the free throw line. Clarkson remained cold in the fourth quarter as Skidmore either converted its chance on offense or was sent to the line. In the second half alone, Skidmore went 19-for-24 from the line, including 13-for-17 in the fourth quarter. Though the Knights stayed close with a 3-pointer from Sorell with 1:51 to go (49-46), those proved to be the final points of the game for Clarkson and the Thoroughbreds tacked on nine free throws in the final minute to clinch the win.

Sorell finished with 11 points and Madison Shea chipped in 10 points, five rebounds and four steals for Clarkson. Kathleen Coloney also had eight points and four assists for the Knights. For Skidmore, Kelly Donnelly never came out of the game, and with good reason, scoring 28 points and grabbing 19 rebounds. Veronica Moceri also had a double-double for Skidmore with 12 points and 10 rebounds.