The St. Lawrence University women's basketball team used a 12-0 run midway through the second half to put the game out of reach for Rensselaer, as the Saints went on to win 78-56 in Friday's Liberty League contest in the Burkman Gymnasium.
Junior Kelly Legg led three Saints in double figures with 19 points as St. Lawrence improved to 16-6 and 10-3 in the conference. Meanwhile, RPI was led by Sarah Wetmore's game-high 23 points but fell to 11-10 and 5-7.
Legg added five rebounds and three blocks, and was joined in double figures by sophomores Kara McDuffee and Ally Cady, who both added 14 points apiece. McDuffee added six rebounds and six assists, while Cady added five assists.
Wetmore had three rebounds and three steals to go along with her game-high 23 points, while Ashley Clough and Amanda Lynch added 12 and 11 points, respectively, and combined for 11 rebounds.
St. Lawrence jumped out to a 27-15 lead in the opening 12:00 after making its first 12-of-16. RPI, however, held the Saints to just two field goals over the next 8:00 minutes, while closing the half on a 15-9 run to cut St. Lawrence's advantage to 36-30 at halftime. Cady paced the Saints with 12 first-half points, while Legg added 11.
In the second half, a 3-pointer by Clough at 12:45 cut the lead to three at 43-40, however a 12-0 run in favor of home team swung the momentum back in the Saints' favor, and they continued on to outscore the Engineers 35-16 in the final 12:00 minutes en route to the 78-56 victory.
St. Lawrence held advantages in rebounds (37-33) and assists (27-12), and shot 50.9% from the floor for the game, while RPI finished shooting 33.9%.
The Saints will host the Dutchwomen of Union tomorrow afternoon in the Burkman Gymnasium, while the Engineers head to Clarkson to take on the Golden Knights. Both games are slated to begin at 2:00pm.