Saints down Skidmore 56-47 for perfect conference season
The St. Lawrence University women's basketball team had a milestone win on Tuesday night, as its 56-47 victory over Skidmore College capped a perfect 16-0 Liberty League regular season schedule, the first in the conference's history.
St. Lawrence, which improved to 20-4 overall, became the second team in the program's history to go unbeaten in a conference with its 16-0 run. Senior co-captain Katie Edgerton led the Saints with 13 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Kelly Legg added nine points and four blocks. Senior co-captain Casey Capello had a game-high eight rebounds and also added six points and three steals.Skidmore, which dropped to 14-9 overall and 7-7 in the league, was led by Christina Gargiso had 13 points and seven rebounds for Skidmore, while Angela Botiba and Jordyn Wartts added eight and seven points, respectively.
"Skidmore presents some real challenges to us and always gives us a difficult matchup," said St. Lawrence Head Coach Dan Roiger. "Our defense was really tough today and we made some good adjustments in the second half. It was an important win for us to maintain momentum heading into the playoffs."
The Saints had trouble putting the ball in the basket in opening 10:00 minutes, shooting 1-of-13 from the floor. Skidmore, which out-rebounded St. Lawrence 20-14 in the first half, took a 12-2 advantage at 10:19 when Lindsey Davis connected on a 3-pointer. An old-fashioned three-point play by Legg at 7:57 helped the Saints cut into the deficit and then take its first lead of the game, as it scored 22 of 24 points in the second portion of the half. Edgerton made a 3-pointer in the last seconds of the half to give the home team a 24-23 lead in the intermission.
Following a pair of free throws that gave Skidmore a 25-24 lead, St. Lawrence scored 17 straight points to take a 41-25 lead at 14:48. However, Skidmore would show its resilience, chipping the lead back to four, 45-41, on a pair of free throws by Christina Gargiso with 6:46 remaining.
The Scarlet and Brown would put the game away thanks to clutch defense, holding the Thoroughbreds to 3-of-13 shooting in the final minutes of the game. Points by senior Iris Santoni, Edgerton and Legg would allow St. Lawrence to hold off the Thoroughbreds, 56-47.
St. Lawrence will be the No. 1 seed in the 2012 Liberty League Tournament and will host a semifinal game at the Burkman Gymnasium on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Their opponent is to be determined.
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