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William Smith basketball falls at league-leading St. Lawrence 84-69

The William Smith College basketball team was on the short end of an 84-69 decision at St. Lawrence University Saturday afternoon. The Saints used their depth and rebounding to overpower the Herons.

William Smith had three players finish in double figures. Brooke Jarvis scored a team-high 22 points on 8-of-13 shooting with two 3-pointers. She also grabbed six boards and made a game-high three steals. Lauren DeVaney added 17 points and a team-high nine rebounds. She was 8-of-14 shooting. Olivia Parisi chipped in 16 points, eight boards and a team-high three assists.

St. Lawrence had nine players score points during the contest, led by Aca McCann’s game-high 25 points. Her 8-of-16 shooting effort included 5-of-11 from beyond the 3-point arc. Cam Roberts scored 15 points. Katie Frederick notched 14 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, leading the Saints to a 46-37 advantage on the glass. Olivia Middleton finished with 11 points. Nine players contributed to SLU’s scoring total. The Saints’ bench outscored the Herons’ 32-9.

The Saints benefited from two big runs in the first half. The home team led by five, 17-12, with just over two minutes left in the first quarter. SLU used a 15-4 run that spanned the final two minutes of the first quarter and the first five and a half minutes of the second to double up the Herons 32-16. Five different Saints scored during the surge, led by McCann and Roberts, who both posted four points.

The second big run came at the end of the half. William Smith got within 12 on a bucket by Parisi with just under three minutes remaining, but St. Lawrence went into the locker room leading 43-22 after scoring the final nine points of the half.

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The Saints shot 50% from the floor in the first 20 minutes, getting a game-high 12 points from McCann. The Herons struggled from the field, shooting just 25.8%. Parisi led William Smith with nine points, four rebounds and three assists.

William Smith stepped up its shooting in the second half, knocking down 58.1% of its shots after the break. The Herons got within 15 a few times in the third quarter, but SLU kept the visitors at bay. After a layup by Kerstin Kelly (5 pts, 3 assts) made it a 52-37 game, the Saints (14-1, 8-1) responded with 13 of the next 15 points on their way to a 70-44 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

A late William Smith rally got the Herons with 12 in the final two minutes. A 25-9 Heron run, fueled by nine points from Jarvis and seven from Molly Walsh, made it an 81-69 game with 1:16 to go, but that was as close as William Smith would get.

The Herons (4-10, 3-5) will return home for their next game, hosting Ithaca (12-3, 8-1) at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28.