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Liberty League women's basketball tournament preview

Contact Jim Taylor 315-859-4685
Posted February 24, 2010
Tags Women's Basketball

Hamilton College travels to Skidmore College for the 2010 Liberty League women's basketball tournament at Skidmore's Sports & Recreation Center on Friday, Feb. 26.

Click here for live statistics for each of the three tournament games. Hamilton (15-9 overall, 8-6 Liberty) is the fourth seed and plays top-seeded Skidmore (20-4, 12-2) in the second semifinal at approximately 8 p.m. Rensselaer (15-10, 10-4) is the third seed and takes on No. 2 seed St. Lawrence University (18-6, 10-4) in the first semifinal at 6. The winners meet for the championship at Skidmore at 3 p.m. on Saturday. The Thoroughbreds are hosting this event for the first time in 11 years.

Hamilton was swept by Skidmore in the two-game season series, including a 56-50 setback in Saratoga Springs on Jan. 16. The programs have never met in the league tournament. The Thoroughbreds have never won a game in the tournament. Skidmore lost to St. Lawrence twice in the regular season.

The Saints are the hottest team coming into the weekend with seven straight wins. St. Lawrence has appeared in every league tournament and has captured the title five times. The Saints split their season series with Rensselaer. The Red Hawks have struggled a bit down the stretch as they are 4-4 in their last eight games.

A capsule look at all four teams is below.

No. 1 seed SKIDMORE COLLEGE
Overall record: 20-4
League record (finish): 12-2 (1st place)
NCAA regional ranking: 6th in East Region
Head coach: Darren Bennett, 6th season, 76-74
League tournament appearances: 4th
League tournament titles: None
League tournament record: 0-3
2009-10 record vs. tournament field: 4-2
Record at home: 11-2
Points per game: 58.3
Points allowed per game: 52.9
Scoring leaders:  Sharlyn Harper ’10 (14.2), Megan Gaugler ’12 (9.5)
Rebounding leaders: Dana Leonard ’10 (6.9), Harper (4.8)
Assist leaders: Harper (72), Gaugler (70)
Three-point shooting leaders: Harper (66 of 178), Gaugler (44 of 136)

No. 2 seed ST. LAWRENCE UNIVERSITY
Overall record: 18-6
League record (finish): 10-4 (Tie for 2nd place)
NCAA regional ranking: 5th in East Region
Head coach: Dan Roiger, 1st season, 18-6 (82-74 overall)
League tournament appearances: 11th
League tournament titles: Five (2009, 2008, 2003, 2002, 2000)
League tournament record: 16-5
2009-10 record vs. tournament field: 4-2
Road/Neutral Record: 12-2
Points per game: 61.3
Points allowed per game: 55.5
Scoring leaders: Casey Capello ’12 (14.6), Katherine Edgerton ’12 (10.7)
Rebounding leaders: Abby Stanton ’11 (6.8), Erica Spera ’13 (5.1)
Assist leaders: Iris Santoni ’12 (75), Brittany Parham ’10 (53)
Three-point shooting leaders: Capello (56 of 145), Santoni (21 of 73)

No. 3 seed RENSSELAER
Overall record: 15-10
League record (finish): 10-4 (Tie for 2nd place)
Head coach: John Greene, 9th season, 145-89 (181-174 overall)
League tournament appearances: 9th
League tournament titles: One (2001)
League tournament record: 4-7
2009-10 record vs. tournament field: 3-3
Road/Neutral Record: 8-7
Points per game: 61.8
Points allowed per game: 58.8
Scoring leaders: Whitney Coleman, Gr. (17.6), Allison Connor ’11 (10.8)
Rebounding leaders: Coleman (9.0), Hillary McKinley ’12 (6.1)
Assist leaders: Coleman (99), Laura Easterling ’12 (44)
Three-point shooting leaders: Connor (61 of 188), Coleman (18 of 80)

No. 4 seed HAMILTON COLLEGE
Overall record: 15-9
League record (finish): 8-6 (4th place)
Head coach: Sean Mackin, 3rd season, 44-29
League tournament appearances: 7th
League tournament titles: One (2007)
League tournament record: 3-5
2009-10 record vs. tournament field: 1-5
Road/Neutral Record: 8-5
Points per game: 61.0
Points allowed per game: 56.8
Scoring leaders: Madie Harlem ’13 (11.9), Alex Sowinski ’10 (9.3)
Rebounding leaders: Harlem (6.0), Reisa Asimovic ’11 (5.2)
Assist leaders: Asimovic (105), Harlem (62)
Three-point shooting leaders: Harlem (39 of 102), Sowinski (39 of 123)

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