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SLU women surge past Clarkson; SUNY Potsdam fall to Hamilton

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POTSDAM - St. Lawrence University pulled away to a Liberty League win over host Clarkson University while Hamilton College used a late run to come away from Maxcy Hall with a non-league win over SUNY Potsdam in Division III women’s basketball action on Tuesday.

SLU 70, Clarkson 40: At Alumni Gym, a 24-5 run to open the second half sealed any doubts as the Golden Knights fell to 2-11 on the season and 0-5 in conference games, while St. Lawrence remained unbeaten in the league at a perfect 4-0 and improved to 10-3 overall. Clarkson closes out its five-game homestand this weekend when the team faces RIT and William Smith.

St. Lawrence started off the game by making its first five field goal attempts, racing out to a solid lead in the early going. However, once the Saints started to cool off, the Knights were able to chip away at the lead by dominating the boards (22-13). Clarkson gained numerous second chances, with 13 offensive rebounds, but still shot 25.8% percent from the floor to stay in the game. A key to the low shooting percentage was St. Lawrence’s defense in the paint as the team totaled eight blocked shots, including six by Kelly Legg. Thanks to some key plays down the stretch, St. Lawrence turned a six-point lead into a 12-point advantage at the break.

Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) led all scorers with 14 points, shooting 4-for-8 from the field and 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Legg led the Saints with 11 points and six blocks and Allison Cady chipped in eight points and three steals in the first 20 minutes.

The Saints continued their run in the opening portion of the second half, pushing their advantage above 20 points before Jovanna Snead (Poughkeepsie, NY) finally broke through for the Knights, hitting a 3-pointer with five minutes expired from the clock. St. Lawrence opened the half with a 24-5 run, and limited the Saints second-chance opportunities throughout the second half, holding Clarkson to just two offensive rebounds.

Loggins finished with 20 points and eight rebounds in 33 minutes for Clarkson, with Snead chipping in eight points and Isabella Esposito (Essex, VT) adding nine rebounds. For St. Lawrence, Kelly Legg had 13 points, nine rebounds and seven blocks, while Allison Cady finished as the top scorer for the Saints with 16 points. Lauren Quattrocchi also scored nine points, all on 3-point field goals.

Hamilton 62, Potsdam 54:The SUNY Potsdam women’s basketball team (1-12) fell in their non-conference game versus Hamilton College (7-8) 62-54 Tuesday evening. Junior forward Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y. ) and sophomore forward Bailey Weigel (Williamsville, N.Y.) each led the Bears with 15 points.

Hamilton shot out to a quick 9-3 lead within the first five minutes of the contest. Senior guard Madie Harlem (Oneonta, NY) set the tone with a quick three pointer and a layup. Weigel put the Bears on the board at the 19:07 mark with a pair of free throws. The sophomore then cut the gap to two, beating the shot clock with a basket in the paint. A big three-point basket by Kouzan and two free throws by Weigel gave the Bears their first lead of the night with 6:26 remaining. The Continentals immediately responded as junior guard Dani Feigin (Scarsdale, NY) drained a bucket from beyond the arc to reclaim the advantage. Hamilton held off Bears behind a Harlem three pointer to lead

26-20 going into the half.

The Continentals used the momentum from the first half to spark an early6-0 run to start the final stanza. Potsdam slowly chipped away at the lead as back-to-back three point baskets by senior guard Katy Briedis (Canton, N.Y.) and junior guard Chenice Russell (Moira, N.Y.) brought the Bears within five at the 12:02 mark. Both teams exchanged baskets for six minutes. The Bears started to gain some momentum when junior guard Hannah Kmiecinski (Webster, N.Y.) hit a three pointer to cap off a 6-0 run with 5:15 remaining.

However, a late 10-0 spurt by Hamilton with 2:28 left in the half secured the 62-54 win.

Russell was the next top scorer with six points and four boards.

Harlem led the Continentals with 18 points and eight rebounds. Senior forward Eliza Howe (Westport, Conn.) finished with14 points. Feigin contributed 13 points and freshman forward Samantha Graber (Roseland, NJ) totaled 12 points.

Potsdam returns to action Friday at 6 p.m. versus Oneonta State in Welsh Gymnasium.

Alfred 63, SUNY Canton 53: At the McLane Center in Alfred, SUNY Canton (8-7) was led by senior forward Kaitlin Myers (Dannemora, N.Y.), who scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds. The Roos outscored the Saxons 37-35 in the second half, but couldn’t overcome a 12-point halftime deficit.

Junior Joelle Percy (Black River, N.Y.) drilled three 3-pointers and finished with 11 points and four rebounds. Junior Alicia Uhlein (Watertown, N.Y.) added 11 points and four rebounds. Freshman forward Brianna Sayer (Hermon, N.Y.) came up two points shy of a double-double with eight points and a season-high 10 rebounds. Freshman forward Karyss Terrance (Hogansburg, N.Y.) contributed seven points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Harley Cleary led Alfred with 18 points and eight rebounds, and Sarah Federico and Hailey Sick added 10 points apiece.

The Roos return to their home court on Friday when they host Morrisville State College at 6 p.m.

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