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Herons let 19 point lead get away in 67-60 OT loss at Union

The William Smith College basketball team led by as many as 19 in the second half, but Union College staged a furious rally to eke out a 67-60 win in overtime.

Lauren DeVaney led the Herons with her seventh double-double of the season. She scored a team-high 17 points and grabbed a game-high 16 rebounds. Brooke Jarvis added 16 points and seven boards. Olivia Parisi finished with 10 points and seven rebounds.

Darby Leid produced a game-high 24 points for Union. Amber Raisner chipped in 18 points and Megan Lee scored 10.

William Smith led by 10 with just under four minutes left in the third quarter and rattled off nine straight points to take a 50-31 lead with a minute to go. Parisi capped the run with a traditional 3-point play.

Union went to work on its comeback over the final 60 seconds of the quarter, using a 7-2 burst to trim its deficit to 14 heading into the fourth quarter.

The teams traded baskets to start the fourth, but then the Dutchwomen ripped off 14 straight points to tie the game at 54 with three and a half minutes remaining. William Smith slipped back in front when DeVaney made one of two at the line at the 3-minute mark. Union tied it on a free throw by Raisner a few moments later, but she missed the second that would have given the home team the lead. Neither team made another shot in regulation, heading to overtime tied at 55.

DeVaney gave the Herons their only lead of overtime, scoring the opening basket. Union countered with an old fashion 3-point play by Lee that accounted for the first three of eight straight points for the Dutchwomen.

William Smith shot nearly 47% from the floor in the first half, but managed just 20% after halftime. After making all nine of their free throw attempts in the third quarter, the Herons went a combined 2-for-6 in the fourth quarter and overtime.

DiSanto Propane (Billboard)

William Smith (4-16, 3-10) will be back in action at Bard (1-18, 0-14) at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Union (9-12, 7-8) will host RIT (10-9, 7-7) at 2 p.m. Saturday.