Women's basketball drops league game to William Smith

Claire Hunsinger '13
Claire Hunsinger '13

Kristen Kush ‘12 scored 20 points and had seven rebounds to lead William Smith College to a 67-53 win against Hamilton College in a Liberty League game played at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House on Feb. 8.

Hamilton (7-11 overall, 1-9 Liberty) limited the Herons to 39 percent shooting from the field. However, the Continentals committed 25 turnovers.

William Smith (11-10, 6-4) went 15-for-18 (83.3 percent) at the free-throw line, and grabbed 16 offensive rebounds. The Herons led 35-23 at the break and never trailed in the second half. Kush made four of William Smith's 11 steals.

Claire Hunsinger ‘13 paced the Continentals with 11 points, six rebounds and three assists off the bench. Kim Goidell ’13 chipped in eight points on the strength of two 3-pointers. Madie Harlem ’13 and Lisa Olszewski ’11 added seven points apiece. Blue Sanders ‘13 had a team-high seven boards.

Mollie Danahy ’11 and Sasha Borenstein ‘14 chipped in nine points apiece for the Herons. Jacqueline Murphy ‘14 brought down seven rebounds and added eight points. Jamie Rubin ’13 was credited with a game-high six assists.

Hamilton scored the first basket, but William Smith went on a 9-0 run and didn't trail again. With four minutes left in the half, William Smith enjoyed a 17-point lead at 32-15. The Continentals scored the next eight points to cut their deficit to nine with 38 seconds remaining. But a 3-pointer by Danahy with six seconds left upped the Herons' lead to 12 at the half.

The Herons' lead fluctuated between eight and 21 points in the second half. The last time Hamilton was within 10 points was 49-40 with 9:34 left when Dani Feigin '14 nailed a 17-footer on the break.

William Smith turned the ball over 17 times. The Continentals shot 47 percent from the field, including 3 of 10 from three-point range, and went 8-for-11 at the line.

The Continentals travel to St. Lawrence University for another league contest on Friday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m.

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