Rookies pace Lady Saints to victory over Golden Knights, 65-54
First-year students Adriana Spicer and Kara McDuffee recorded 12 points apiece to lead the St. Lawrence University women's basketball team to a 65-54 victory over Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY.
The Scarlet and Brown extended their win-streak to 12 games and remain unbeaten in the Liberty League at 11-0 (15-4 overall). The Golden Knights, who led for the majority of the first half, fall to 7-10 and 2-7 in the league."I really liked what we did as a team today," said St. Lawrence head coach Dan Roiger. "We had great balance in our scoring and minutes, and we played fast because we always had fresh people on the floor. Adriana had a great game for us today. Not only did she made some big baskets, but she played great defensively as well."
Spicer was 5-of-7 shooting and added four steals, while McDuffee was 4-of-8 from the floor with a steal and a block. Senior co-captain added 10 points, all coming in the second half, while adding five rebounds and four steals.
The first portion of the game belonged to Clarkson, as the Golden Knights took a seven-point lead midway through the half, 15-8. After trading 3-pointers, Clarkson still was up by seven, but St. Lawrence got back on track offensively and was able to cut into the Knights' lead with free throws. Eventually, the Saints came all the way back on a jumper from Adriana Spicer with less than three minutes to go in the half, as St. Lawrence ended the first period with an 8-0 run.
The Saints continued where they left off offensively and were able to change their three-point advantage at the half into a 10-point lead just six minutes into the second period. Though Clarkson didn't allow the visitors to run away with the game, the Saints continued to use a solid inside-outside game to extend their lead. Full-court pressure and Saint turnovers allowed the Golden Knights back to within eight, but free throws down the stretch, including five from Capello in the last 1:30, provided the Saints with an 11-point cushion at the completion of the game.
St. Lawrence held a 33-14 advantage in points off the bench and scored 20 points off Clarkson's 28 turnovers. Meanwhile, the Golden Knights held the edge in points in the paint (36-18) and rebounds (40-35).
St. Lawrence will host William Smith and RIT this weekend in Liberty League action. Friday's game against the Herons is scheduled for 6:00pm, while Saturday's against the Tigers will begin at 2:00pm.