The Vassar College women's basketball team made 10 of its first 12 shots en route to a 79-54 victory over St. Lawrence University in Poughkeepsie, NY on Saturday afternoon. The Brewers improved to 16-4, 8-3, while the Saints dropped to 15-5, 9-2 and play at Skidmore (11-8, 9-1) on Tuesday in a game with major league playoff positioning implications. The Brewers will next visit Rensselaer on Tuesday.
Colleen O'Connell finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds for Vassar, while Cydni Matsuoka had 19 points. Three players scored eight points each for the Saints, sophomore guard Kara McDuffee, junior forward Kelly Legg and sophomore Ally Cady.
Vassar gained all the momentum from the start in building a 27-10 lead (13 of 17 from the floor) at the 9:28 mark of the first half. Down 32-12, the Saints got within 33-18 with 3:18 to play following a layup by Cady, but a Vassar three-pointer, followed by back-to-back jumpers put the home team back up 40-20. Vassar led 42-20 halftime lead and cruised the rest of the way to the victory.
The Saints, who needed quick points to cut into the Vassar margin, were hampered by a 1 of 15 effort from behind the arc. Those long rebounds off missed shots enabled Vassar to hold a 14-2 advantage in fast break points.