The St. Lawrence University women's basketball team erased a 47-42 deficit with a 16-4 run over the final 3:37 to earn a 58-51 victory over Hartwick College in the Burkman Gymnasium on Friday night. The Scarlet and Brown, who improved to 3-3, handed the visitor its second loss of the season, which snapped a six-game Hawk win-streak as they fall to 6-2.
Sophomore Ali Cady led St. Lawrence with a team-high 14 points, three rebounds and two steals. Junior Kelly Legg added 12 points, 10 of which came in the final 4:00 minutes, while adding eight rebounds, two assists and a steal. Sophomore Kara McDuffee added nine points, five rebounds and three steals, while junior Hannah Wilson added eight points. First-year student Amanda Roberts had five assists, five points and six rebounds.
Hartwick's Maria Foglia led three in double figures for the Hawks with 18 points, while Kate Purcell and Brittney Dumas each added 13 points apiece.
With Hartwick up 47-42 at 3:37, Legg made a layup and then McDuffee nailed a three-pointer after taking a big charge on the defensive end to tie the game (47-47) with 2:49 left. Cady made a pair of free throws at 2:24 that gave the Saints their first lead of the game which they would not relinquish.
St. Lawrence converted 7-of-8 from the line down the stretch en route to the come-from-behind victory. Hartwick's Taylor Vonasek made a pair of free throws and Purcell scored a layup in the last :13 seconds, but St. Lawrence had already put the game away.
Both teams got off to a slow start in the opening half as Hartwick led 9-0 after the first 10:00 of play, and St. Lawrence's first basket came at 9:52 on a layup by junior Cassie St. Hilaire. The Hawks, led by Foglia's 12 first-half points, were up by as many as 10 points at 3:01 when Purcell hit a three-pointer to give her team a 23-13 lead. The Saints, however, closed the half with 10 unanswered points to cut the Hawks' lead to 23-20.
St. Lawrence's bench outscored Hartwick's bench 27-7. The Saints edged the Hawks 32-31 in rebounds, but committed 17 turnovers in the game compared to Hartwick's 16 turnovers.
The Saints will be back in action on Dec. 11 when they travel across town the Roos' House to take on SUNY Canton. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00pm.