The St. Lawrence University women's basketball team used second-chance opportunities to defeat the Clarkson University Golden Knights in a Liberty League match-up Tuesday night in the Burkman Gymnasium. Junior co-captain Katie Edgerton led the Saints with 17 points and 9 rebounds, and first-year student Kelly Legg contributed 15 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 blocks. Chrissy Scanlon had 13 points and nine rebounds for Clarkson.
The Saints improve to 12-3 and 3-2 in the conference, while the Golden Knights remain winless in league play at 0-5 and fall to 3-12 on the season.
"After a slow start I thought we played with more energy as the game got going. It was a game where we never got into a good rhythm because we didn't make our shots consistently, but we kept battling and had enough runs to pull away. "
After trailing by six in the early-going, the Saints bounced back to take the lead but Clarkson stayed close behind. The home team took a three-point lead at 23-20 with under 4:00 minutes to go in the first half before Clarkson buried 3-of-4 free throw attempts to tie the score up at 23-23. The Saints closed out the last 1:30 with a 7-0 run to take a 30-23 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, Clarkson came to within five points, however the Saints' defense shut down the Golden Knights' interior game, holding a 55-41 advantage in rebounds with 22 of those rebounds coming on the offensive boards. First-year student Hannah Wilson recorded 10 points and four assists while classmate Katie Abramski grabbed 10 boards and added five points for the Saints.
"We feel good about going 3-0 at home the last five days while playing without one of our top players. It certainly wasn't easy nor was it always pretty, but the team persevered through a tough stretch and should feel good about that. It's nice to feel like we are back in the hunt but now we hit the road against two really good teams."
St. Lawrence will travel to William Smith on Friday, January 28th for a conference game. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00pm.