Saints women's basketball rallies for win over Route 11 rival
First-year Katie Frederick recorded her third double-double of the season, shooting 6-for-10 from the field, and the St. Lawrence University women's basketball team overcame a first-quarter deficit to defeat Clarkson 73-57 in a Liberty League contest Tuesday evening in Potsdam, New York.
Prior to tonight's game, St. Lawrence ranks ninth in the nation for scoring defense, only allowing 44.6 points per game. With the win, the Saints improved to 8-4 on the season and 3-2 in conference play, while Clarkson fell to 6-6 and 1-4.Second to Frederick, Annabella Pugliese and Meghan Hynes each added 12 points, while Meghan O'Connor scored 10. Marlee Gunn posted a team-high six assists and two steals.
The Golden Knights outshot the Saints 23-11 in the first quarter, averaging 58 percent from the field and Devin Sorell accounting for 13 points of the teams' points.
The Saints worked to make up ground in the second quarter holding Clarkson to just five points.
Jenny Scudder landed a 3-pointer to bring the Saints within two with 2:31 remaining. Pugliese drew the late foul, went 2-for-2 from the line to tie the game at 28.
The Scarlet and Brown went on an 11-point run to end the second frame with baskets from Katie Gallagher, O'Connor and Scudder.
Both team's nearly battled point-for-point in the third frame, however the Saints held a slight four-point advantage with 5:20 to play. Cara Waterson netted back-to-back buckets to extend the Saints' lead to 50-43. O'Connor landed a jumper from just outside the paint to put the Scarlet and Brown up by nice with less than eight minutes to play in regulation.
St. Lawrence held a 12-point lead after a jump shot from Pugliese with just under four minutes to play and capped its six-point run with a jumper from Kaelyn Kohlasch. Kohlasch then extended the Saints lead to 16 points with about two minutes remaining.
"It was a really nice game for us tonight," said head coach Dan Roiger. "We had a really slow start, I think the team wanted to win so badly they weren't able to relax. Meanwhile, Clarkson was red hot and had a great start."
"We had an awesome second half," Roiger continued. "We ran well, we passed well and we pounded the ball inside to our posts, who finished at the rim. Overall, it was a nice win and our team continues to learn about their strengths and what we do best."
Sorell shot 11-for-27 from the floor and 2-for-7 from the arc to lead the Golden Knights with season-high 31 points, four assists and three steals. Hannah Earl added 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds, while Madison Shea rounded out the top three scorers with seven points.
Up next, the Saints will continue conference play, hosting Ithaca and Union on January 12th and 13th, respectively.