Saints women's basketball tops Vassar for third-straight win
Meghan Hynes led the Saints for the second day in a row with 14 points and first-year Marlee Gunn netted a season-high 13 points as the St. Lawrence University women's basketball team successfully completed their first undefeated conference weekend of the season, topping Vassar 55-47 on Saturday afternoon in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Hynes and Gunn also combined for 10 rebounds, grabbing six and four, respectively. Kaelyn Kohlasch recorded nine points and eight rebounds, while Katie Frederick added eight points and three rebounds. Kohlasch also posted a team and season-high three steals.Both teams nearly battled point-for-point through the first five minutes of play. The Saints then quickly added a four-point run, followed up by another six points to take an 18-10 lead over the Brewers. Vassar ended the first quarter with a six-point run of its own, only trailing by two points after the first ten minutes.
Julia Roellke quickly tied the game at 18 with a layup at the 9:28 mark of the second quarter. After three lead changes, Nicole Teta landed a 3-pointer to give the Brewers a 32-26 advantage. Vassar continued to hold the lead up until the break, with a 35-28 lead over the Scarlet and Brown at half time.
The Saints outshot Vassar 15-2 in the third quarter to regain the lead and bring a six-point advantage into the final frame. Sophie Nick tallied the only basket for the Brewers in the third, while Frederick, Hynes, Jenny Scudder and Cara Waterson each picked up points for the Saints.
The Brewers wouldn't go down without a fight, coming within two points with a 3-pointer from Nick with about six minutes to play. Kohlasch, who currently leads the Liberty League with .481 3-point shooting percentage and 2.5 3-pointers per game, responded with a 3-pointer of her own to put the Saints up by five with 4:46 to play.
A late foul off Scudder, gave the Brewers the chance to make it a one-possession, but Vassar couldn't capitalize on the free throw and a series of free throws from Marlee Gunn down the stretch would seal the victory for the Saints.
"This is a big win for us," said head coach Dan Roiger. "Vassar is a good, veteran team that has been seasoned by a tough schedule. For us to go on the road with our young squad and get a victory is a real credit to our perseverance and work ethic."
"Our defense and rebounding were outstanding in the second half after a rough second quarter," Roiger continued. "Our players made some great adjustments at halftime and executed our game plan very well. Our whole team played well, but our posts really did a great job on some good players."
Vassar was led by Samarah Cook and Roellke with nine points each, while Teta, Nick and Ariella Rosenthal each netted seven. Roellke finished with a team-high seven rebounds. Nick and Rosenthal each grabbed five. Cook and Roellke each added two steals for the Brewers.
With the win, the Saints wrapped up their first 2-0 weekend in conference play and earned their first win over the Brewers since the 2015-16 season.
After today's result, both teams move to 7-4 on the season and 2-2 in Liberty League play.
St. Lawrence will travel to neighboring Clarkson on Tuesday, January 9th for a midweek matchup against the Golden Knights at 6 p.m.