The St. Lawrence University women's basketball team extended its win streak to 11 games with a 55-43 victory over Liberty League opponent RIT in the Burkman Gymnasium on Saturday afternoon. The Saints, led by sophomore Kara McDuffee's double-double, improved to 12-3 overall and a perfect 6-0 in the league. Meanwhile, the Tigers fell to 4-10 overall and 1-5 in the conference.
McDuffee recorded 17 points, 13 rebounds, four assists and three steals. Juniors Kelly Legg recorded 17 points and nine rebounds, while classmate Cassie St. Hilaire chipped in 10 points for the Saints. RIT was led by Jess Kramer and Jackie Hom who both scored 10 points apiece.
St. Lawrence used solid defense in the first half to build a lead on RIT, holding the visitors to just 25.9 % shooting from the floor while shooting 43.5%. A 3-pointer from Legg at 7:21 put the Saints up by 11 points, 19-8, but RIT's Kayla Wheeler sparked a 6-0 run as the Tigers cut back to within five points, 19-14, with 5:31 left in the half. St. Lawrence, however, buckled back down on defense, holding RIT to just one free throw while scoring 11 points to close the first half with a 30-15 lead.
RIT took advantage of St. Lawrence's cold shooting to open the second half, going on a 13-4 run over 9:00 minutes to come back within six points, 34-28. After a 3-pointer from McDuffee at 10:40 put the Saints back up nine, Hom sparked an 8-3 run to bring the visitors within four, 40-36, with 7:45 remaining.
That was the closest they would come, however, as St. Lawrence began to work the ball inside to score the next eight points and build a 48-36 cushion with 4:34 left in the half. The Tigers did not come closer than nine points for the remainder of the game, and the Saints closed the final two minutes 7-for-10 from the free throw line for the 55-43 victory.
St. Lawrence shot 34.6% from the field for the game, while RIT shot 30.5%. The Saints also held advantages in rebounds (45-36) and steals (10-7).
St. Lawrence will hit the road next weekend for a pair of Liberty League contests against Union and Rensselaer before returning home against Clarkson on January 29.