William Smith College forward Olivia Parisi notched a double-double against Catholic University Sunday afternoon, but the host Cardinals rode a fast start to a 87-69 victory in the opening game of the Jamie L. Roberts Classic.
Parisi was 10-of-18 shooting on her way to a game-high 21 points and she pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds. Guard Brooke Jarvis matched Parisi’s 21 points, making 7-of-14 from the floor with a 3-pointer. Guard Kerstin Kelly made three 3-pointers to account for her nine points. Forward Lauren DeVaney added eight points and 10 rebounds. Parisi and guard Christina Mitrow shared game-high honors with four assists apiece.
Catholic (8-1) put five players in double digits led by guard Erin Doherty’s 20 points. She was 9-of-10 shooting with two 3-pointers. Doherty also grabbed a team-high six boards. Doherty, guard Carly Mulvaney and guard Amelia Baldo were each credited with a game-high four assists.
The game’s outcome hinged on the first quarter that saw the Cardinals race out to a 23-5 lead. Catholic, which is receiving votes in the D3hoops.com Top 25, scored the first six points of the game and led 17-2 midway through the opening quarter. The Cardinals shot 56% from the floor in the first quarter while limiting William Smith to just 13% shooting.
Over the final 30 minutes, William Smith played Catholic even, 64-64, but couldn’t overcome its slow start. The Herons got within 17 four times during the second quarter, but didn’t get any closer going into halftime down 50-30.
Doherty led all scorers with 13 points at the half. Forward Luca Mamula notched 11 of her 13 points before halftime. Jarvis paced the Herons with 10 first half points.
Catholic opened the second half on a 13-3 surge to build its largest lead of the game, 63-33. William Smith (2-4) countered with a 12-2 run and headed into the fourth quarter down 73-50. The Herons trimmed their deficit into the teens in the final 10 minutes, but couldn’t dig out of its first quarter hole.
William Smith will wrap up its stay in the nation’s capital when it takes on Salisbury (8-2) at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 20.
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