The St. Lawrence University women's basketball team dropped Skidmore College in a Liberty League match-up on Tuesday night in Saratoga Springs, NY by the score of 69-56. Kara McDuffee had her sixth double-double of the season, while rookie Caroline Dalton had a career-high 18 points.
St. Lawrence improves to 9-6 (5-1) thanks to a 45-34 rebounding advantage and an 18-6 lead in assists. McDuffee had another outstanding all-around game with 18 points, 13 rebounds, six assists and four steals. Dalton, the reigning Liberty League Rookie of the Week, added eight rebounds and three blocks while Lauren Quattocchi matched her career-high with 15 points.
Skidmore falls to 7-10 (1-7) despite an 18-point, six rebound effort from Jordyn Wartts. Ella Scheuerell added 10 points while Molly McLaughlin had nine points and a team-high four assists for the Thoroughbreds.
"We had a great effort as a team tonight and had some excellent individual performances," said St. Lawrence head coach Dan Roiger. "Caroline shot the lights out in the first half, Lauren had a big second half and Kara just finds a way to help our team win."
The two teams battled early, with Skidmore building its largest lead of the contest at 17-12 off a lay-in by Wartts with 7:15 remaining in the first half. St. Lawrence answered with a 7-0 run to reclaim the lead, as Dalton and Quattrocchi hit three pointers, followed by a jumper by McDuffee for a 19-17 cushion.
Angela Botiba's lay-up pulled Skidmore within two (23-21) with 1:22 to play before intermission. However, the ensuing Saints possession proved costly, as the visitors grabbed three offensive rebounds, giving Dalton a chance in the final seconds from behind the arc. She connected before the buzzer, giving the Saints a 26-21 lead at halftime and all of the momentum.
The Scarlet and Brown would capitalize early in the second half, as they raced out to a 13-2 run to take control up 39-23. Quattrocchi's three capped the run for St. Lawrence's largest lead of the game (16) with 13:21 remaining. Coach Roiger's team consistently had answers to any run Skidmore made, and they did not allow the Thoroughbreds within nine points the rest of the way, coasting to the 69-56 conference win.
St. Lawrence has now won nine of the last 10 meetings against Skidmore dating back to 2010.
The Saints, winners of six of their last seven, will head home for five consecutive Liberty League games. St. Lawrence opens the home stand with a big showdown with William Smith on Friday, January 31 at 6:00pm.