McDuffee, Saints women's basketball down Herons, 76-63
Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 12:36 am

The St. Lawrence University women's basketball team won its 10th straight game with a victory over William Smith College, 76-63, in Friday's Liberty League contest in the Burkman Gymnasium. The Saints, led by sophomore Kara McDuffee's game-high 23 points and junior Kelly Legg's double-double, improved to 11-3 overall and 5-0 in the league. The Herons were led by Chloe Hayter's 23 points but suffered the loss, falling to 8-6 overall and 2-3 in the conference.

McDuffee added seven rebounds, six steals and five assists, while Legg tallied 16 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks. First-year student Amanda Roberts addedKara McDuffee '15 led the Saints with 23 points against William Smith on Friday. Photo by Tara Freeman.Kara McDuffee '15 led the Saints with 23 points against William Smith on Friday. Photo by Tara Freeman.eight points and a career-high 14 assists, one shy of tying the program's record for assist in a game in 1986.

Both teams posted impressive shooting numbers in the first half, with William Smith shooting 15-of-28 (53.6) and St. Lawrence shooting 16-for-31 (51.6). However, the Saints made nine 3-pointers in the half, four of which came from McDuffee in the opening minutes. Meanwhile, Hayter was effective in the post for the Herons as she was 7-of-9 for 17 points in the opening stanza, helping the visitors outscore the home team 22-11 in the paint.

William Smith's Erin O'Brien made a layup at 5:35 to tie the game for the fourth and last time (31-31), as St. Lawrence went on a 12-6 run to close the half with a 43-37 lead.

The Saints continued the run into the second half, putting the game out of reach for the Herons with a 27-8 run in the opening minutes of the final half. After stretching their lead to as many as 22 points at 9:12 (67-45), St. Lawrence entered a scoreless drought that lasted until the 2:37 mark but continued its tough defense, holding William Smith to just eight points in that span. The Saints kept a double figure advantage the rest of the way to the 76-63 win.

St. Lawrence will host RIT in a Liberty League contest in the Burkman Gymnasium tomorrow, January 19th. Tip-off is at 2:00pm.