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Herons close out basketball season with 85-51 win over RPI

Olivia ParisiBrooke Jarvis and Lauren DeVaney each produced double-doubles, combining for 62 points and 38 rebounds, as the William Smith College basketball team defeat Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 85-51 in the season finale for both teams.

Parisi connected on 7 of 19 shots from the floor and 10 of 11 from the free throw line for 24 points while pulling down 12 rebounds. Jarvis scored 21 points, including 8-for-8 from the foul line, with 11 rebounds and DeVaney had 17 points, 15 boards, including nine on the offensive glass, and six assists. She made all six of her attempts from the charity stripe for the Herons, who were 25-of-26 as a team.

Emily Vallee scored a game-high eight points for RPI (5-18, 4-14). Three other Engineers finished with seven points.

The Herons (8-17, 7-11) scored the first nine points of the game and 11 of the first 13 to take control early. Parisi had six points in that stretch and Kerstin Kelly had five. DaPra cut the deficit to five points with a basket from long range and Lolo Reynolds scored on a jumper to make it 11-7 with four minutes to play. William Smith closed the frame on a 12-4 run for a 22-11 lead after the first 10 minutes.

A 12-2 run to open the second quarter put the Herons ahead 34-13 with 5:33 to go in the first half and the margin remained near 20 points the rest of the way. William Smith went on to outscore the Engineers by six in the third quarter (22-16) and seven in the fourth (23-16).

Parisi raised her three-season point total to 980, 20th on the Herons’ all-time list, and finished with 522 career rebounds (17th). DeVaney finished the season with a team-high 270 rebounds. Only two William Smith players have ever collected more in a single campaign, current assistant coach Jennifer Goodell Cooper ’97 (291 in 1996-97) and Gwen Scott ’82 (287 in 1979-80). Both of them are enshrined in the Heron Hall of Honor.