Women's basketball drops crucial league game
St. Lawrence University broke open a close game with a 9-2 run midway through the second half and the visiting Saints went on to a 63-56 Liberty League win against Hamilton College at Scott Field House on Feb. 14.
Hamilton entered the game riding a four-game win streak and St. Lawrence had dropped its last three contests. Hamilton fell to 13-8 overall and sits in fifth place in the league standings with a 6-5 record. St. Lawrence (15-7 overall, 8-4 Liberty) is in third place.
Sydney Fasulo '09 recorded her 17th career double-double for the Continentals. Fasulo led Hamilton with 15 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Fasulo is now in fifth place on Hamilton's all-time rebounds list with 682.
Madelyn McGuinnis '09 recorded 11 points, six rebounds and three assists. Sarah Schrader '09 added nine points, four rebounds, three steals and two assists. Schrader moved into fifth place on Hamilton's all-time steals list with 177.
The hosts jumped out to a 4-0 lead on buckets by Fasulo and Schrader. Hamilton and St. Lawrence battled out an even first half that featured six ties. The largest lead of the half was five points, which Hamilton held on three different occasions. The third came at 29-24 on a McGuinnis free throw with 3:15 left. St. Lawrence went on an 8-2 run to close out the half and took a 32-31 lead into the break.
A Cate Schafer '10 lay-up with 12:50 to go marked the game's ninth and final tie at 43-43. The Saints broke a scoreless span of 2:30 with a pair of free throws to start a decisive 9-2 run. St. Lawrence held a 52-45 lead with 6:56 to play and Hamilton did not get closer than four points the rest of the way.
Hamilton shot 49 percent from the floor and held St. Lawrence to just 35 percent accuracy. The Saints held a 14-8 advantage in offensive rebounds, and turned the ball over 11 times, compared to the hosts' 20 miscues. St. Lawrence made 18 of its 29 free throw attempts.
Hamilton honored its seven seniors, Fasulo, Schrader, McGuinnis, Molly Kane '09, Kara Labs '09, Meg LaVangie '09 and Laura Wetmore '09, prior to tip-off.
Hamilton hosts William Smith College on Tuesday, Feb. 17, for another league match-up in the Continentals' final home game this season.