Knights women's basketball team suffers defeat in overtime at William Smith
Sunday, February 4, 2018 - 7:20 am

GENEVA – With four starters disqualified due to foul issues, the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team did its best to rally in overtime against William Smith, but the Golden Knights dropped a 94-83 Liberty League decision to the Herons on Saturday afternoon.

The Golden Knights fell to 8-12 overall and 3-10 in the Liberty League, while William Smith pushed ahead to 12-9 and 6-8. Clarkson continues its five-game road stretch next weekend at Ithaca and Union.

Saturday's game was a tale of two halves, as the Golden Knights rolled out to a 43-31 lead at the break despite a significant deficit on the boards (23-14). Clarkson couldn't maintain its pace in the second half without the benefit of free throws, however, as the Knights were not awarded one free throw in second 20 minutes while William Smith went to the line 16 times, converting on 12 occasions.

The free throw disparity was the exact opposite in the first half as Devin Sorell alone took 10 free throws in the first quarter, making six attempts in the final two minutes when she was fouled on 3-point attempts. Those makes combined with a late 3-pointer from Carly Assimon put the Knights up 23-17 after 10 minutes even though William Smith had more offensive rebounds (6) than Clarkson had total rebounds (5) in that time frame.

Six minutes into the second quarter, Clarkson enjoyed a 19-point advantage (41-22) when Devin Sorell hit a jumper with 3:50 remaining. That was the last basket that the Knights would make in the quarter as William Smith cut into the margin and went into the locker room trailing by 12 (43-32).

It appeared as if Clarkson would run away with the game in the second half, leading by a score of 60-43 when Assimon hit another 3-pointer with 3:42 to go in the period. William Smith scored the final seven points of the quarter and trimmed the margin to a manageable seven points at the end of the frame.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Clarkson once again looked to have things in hand when Madison Shea hit a layup at the 6:38 mark (73-61), but fouls saw Golden Knight players head to the bench and shots stopped falling. William Smith went on a 12-0 run to tie the game for the first time with 1:46 left and with 18 seconds left Juliana Gamboa hit a 3-pointer to give the Herons their first lead of the game. Sorell quickly converted at the other end to tie the contest for a second time, but in overtime William Smith took advantage of Clarkson's thinned ranks and outscored the Knights 17-6 in the extra session.

Sorell finished with 25 points on 8-for-21 shooting and Molly Stewart broke out of a recent shooting slump with a career-best 23 points on 8-for-18 shooting. Madison Shea also scored 14 points, though she was able to play just 24 minutes due to foul trouble.

For William Smith, Mia Morrison recorded 28 points and 20 rebounds, shooting 7-for-11 from the floor and 14-for-19 from the free throw line, nearly heading to the line as much as Clarkson's entire team (23 free throws). Juliana Gamboa added 19 points and Olivia Hughes enjoyed a double-double on 12 points and 10 rebounds.