Saints women's basketball holds on to edge Skidmore, 46-39
Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 7:57 am

Sophomore Katie Frederick recorded 12 points, while senior Meghan O'Connor added her first double-double of the season to lead the St. Lawrence University women's basketball team to a 46-39 win over Skidmore in Liberty League play on Friday evening at Burkman Gymnasium.

O'Connor netted 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Frederick recorded eight rebounds for the Saints. First-year Chelsea Van Tassel picked up nine points and nine rebounds, while Annabella Pugliese scored five points and grabbed six rebounds. Van Tassel, Marlee Gunn, Dylan Watkiss and Ava McCann all picked up two steals for the Saints.

After a back-and-forth battle to start the game, the Saints edged the Thoroughbreds 15-11 after the first ten minutes of play. Skidmore rallied in the second to outscore the Saints 17-8 and improve to take a five-point lead at halftime.

In the third quarter, the Saints worked to fight back against the Thoroughbreds and managed to take a 34-32 lead over Skidmore with 2:28 left to play in the third frame.

After a slow start to the fourth quarter, O'Connor landed a layup giving the Saints a 40-37 advantage and the Scarlet and Brown sealed the win with shooting 4-for-4 from the line down the stretch.

"I was not happy at halftime with our play," said head coach Dan Roiger. "We didn't play Saints' basketball on either end. We had major breakdowns on defense that allowed easy buckets, we didn't execute well on the defensive end, and played intimidated when we shot the ball. However, we really responded well in the second half. Our defense was phenomenal, we rebounded well, and finally got enough shots to fall in the fourth quarter to get a lead."

"We are struggling to score, but considering that underclassmen played 156 of our 200 minutes today, I'm really proud of the composure and grit they are exhibiting this season," Roiger continued. "They keep working hard, learning, and getting better every day, this is a fun group to coach!"

Skidmore was led by Jessica Centore with 11 points, shooting 5-for-10, and four rebounds, while Haley English recorded seven points and seven rebounds for the Thoroughbreds. English also grabbed a team-best three steals.

With the win, the Saints improved to 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in conference play, while Skidmore fell to 1-5 and 0-1.

The Saints host Rensselaer tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. to wrap up their first weekend of Liberty League play.