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William Smith basketball drops 65-52 home decision to Skidmore

Brooke Jarvis recorded her fourth double-double of the season on game-highs of 19 points and 16 rebounds, but William Smith College suffered a 65-52 loss to visiting Skidmore College in Liberty League women’s basketball action this evening.

Jarvis recorded the majority of her points on the line, drawing nine fouls and making 10-of-13 at the free throw stripe. She was joined in double figures by Olivia Parisi, who posted 13 points and seven boards. Maddie Patrick added seven points and six rebounds off the bench.

Julia Blanck and Clare Driscoll powered the Thoroughbreds. Blanck also logged a double-double on 16 points and 14 rebounds. Driscoll had 15 points and a game-high five blocked shots.

Skidmore (7-2, 2-2) outscored William Smith by three points in each of the first two quarters, taking a 27-21 lead into the locker room at halftime. The game’s outcome hinged on the third quarter.

Jarvis made a layup to open the second half scoring, but the Thoroughbreds scored the next 14 points to break the game open. Kate McCarney scored all eight of her points in the contest all in succession to open the run. Skidmore was 5-for-5 from the floor during the run with three 3-pointers. The surge stretched the visitors’ advantage to 41-23.

Kerstin Kelly and Patrick connected from beyond the arc to stop the Herons’ scoring drought, but Skidmore ended the third quarter on an 8-2 run for a 49-31 lead with 10 minutes remaining. The Thoroughbreds pressed their advantage to a peak of 25, 60-35 on a 3-pointer by Andi Levitz, before William Smith (3-8, 2-3) rallied. The Herons scored the next 11 points and used a 15-3 run to make it a 13-point game with just under two minutes remaining, but the home team got no closer.

For the game, Skidmore shot 38% from the floor, including 7-of-15 from 3-point range. William Smith shot 31% from the floor, connecting on 5-of-7 from deep.

The Herons will be back in Bristol Gym to take on Bard (1-8, 0-4) at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14.