Streaky Thoroughbreds come from behind to beat Clarkson women, 67-57
Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 8:32 am

Saratoga Springs, NY – Shooting better than 65% in the second half, Skidmore rallied from a six-point deficit through three quarters to best the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team 67-57 in Liberty League action on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Knights saw their record drop to 4-4 overall and 0-2 in conference games, while Skidmore moved to 3-2 overall and 2-0 in league play. Clarkson closes out the first semester with a non-league game against Houghton College next Saturday.

Skidmore shot 11-for-14 in the fourth quarter to turn a six-point deficit into a 10-point win. The Thoroughbreds scored the first six points of the final period to tie the game at 45-45, but Devin Sorell helped Clarkson regain the lead at 47-45 at the 6:58 mark. From there, however, Skidmore went on a 17-2 run over the next four and a half minutes, taking a 62-49 lead with just two minutes to go. Although Clarkson recovered somewhat and was back to within single digits when Devin Sorell hit a 3-pointer with 1:15 to go, the Thoroughbreds did enough from the free throw line to hold on for a double-digit win.

After a nondescript first quarter in which each team scored eight points, Clarkson tied the game at 10-10 early in the second quarter on a Devin Sorell layup. That basket sparked a 13-0 run in less than five minutes, giving the Knights a 21-10 advantage with 4:54 remaining. Skidmore trimmed the margin to six points on two occasions, but the Knights were able to close out the half with a nine-point lead.

The third quarter began showed Skidmore coming alive, but the Knights had enough offense to stave off the early comeback. With Skidmore down by just four points (34-30) with a little over four minutes to play in the period, Molly Stewart hit a 3-pointer to extend Clarkson's lead to seven. Two minutes later, Stewart hit another 3-pointer to again make it a two-possession game, and Devin Sorell followed with another 3-pointer to put the Knights up by nine. However, a Taylor Ong 3-pointer on Skidmore's last possession turned out to be a harbinger of things to come as the Thoroughbreds began their impressive offensive streak.

Devin Sorell finished with 23 points, shooting 8-for-19 from the field, to lead all scorers. Madison Shea chipped in 15 points, five rebounds and three assists for the Knights, while Molly Stewart scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Clarkson trio combined to score 52 of the Knights 57 points.

For Skidmore, Kelly Donnelly was a rebound shy of a double-double, putting up a line of 18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Caite Opfer shot 6-for-7, including a flawless 5-for-5 run in the second half, to score 13 points while adding in nine boards. Veronica Moceri also recorded double digits with 10 points.