Lady Bears drop heartbreaker to Skidmore, 56-54
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 - 6:49 am

POTSDAM, N.Y.—The SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team (0-3) rallied late, but fell 56-54 to Skidmore College (1-2) on two last second free throws. Thoroughbred senior Molly Gile had a game-high 16 points and Bears junior Bailey Weigel scored 13 points and grabbed 11 boards to record her first career double-double.

The teams split the first 12 points of the contest, before Potsdam pulled out in front with an 8-0 spurt in just over a minute. Senior guard Katy Briedis sparked the run with consecutive jumpers and two free throws and junior guard Hannah Kmiecinski capped it at 11:25 with another two-pointer. However, the Thoroughbreds answered with their own 11-2 run started by a layup from senior forward Logan Frederick at 10:28. Just over minute later, freshman guard Ella Scheuerell gave Skidmore its first of the game at 18-16. The teams traded baskets over the next five minutes. The Thoroughbreds closed the half on a 6-2 burst and took a 29-23 lead into the break.

Two minutes into the final period, junior guard Chenice Russell knocked down a three followed by another Briedis jumper and Potsdam closed to within 29-28. After staying close over the next eight minutes, junior forward Jessica Kouzan buried a three to tie the game at 35. Scheuerell quickly put Skidmore back up 37-35, before Kouzan drained another three-pointer to give the Bears their first lead of the half. Again the Thoroughbreds answered with a 13-4 streak to build a 50-42 advantage. With 5:37 left, sophomore guard Colleen McNamara hit a three to start a 10-0 Bears run. Weigel scored six of those points including a layup that gave the Bears a 52-50 lead. After two free throws from Frederick, Weigel put Potsdam back in front, 54-52, with 52 seconds on the clock. Sophomore forward Angela Botiba knotted the score at 54 with a layup 19 seconds later. After a Potsdam missed jumper with six seconds to go, Skidmore rebounded the ball and fired it down the court. Two players went up for the ball and the Bears were called for a foul with one second left. Scheuerell hit both free throws to seal the 56-54 Skidmore victory.

Frederick finished with 14 points and 14 boards for a double-double, while sophomore guard Molly McLaughlin chipped in another nine for the Thoroughbreds.

Kouzan led Potsdam in scoring with 14 points and Briedis had a solid night with eight points and six boards.

Skidmore outshot the Bears 38 to 34.6 percent from the floor. Potsdam outrebounded the Thoroughbreds 41-39.

The Bears are off until Nov. 27, when they host Clarkson University at 6 p.m.