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Knights down Herons 56-39 in non-conference action

The William Smith College basketball team fell 56-39 to SUNY Geneseo in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon in Bristol Gymnasium. The Herons fall to 1-6 on the season while the Knights move to 6-2.

Sophomore Katie Smythe led the Herons, posting a season-high eight points and three rebounds. Junior guard Brooke Jarvis chipped in six points and four rebounds while sophomore Maddie Patrick posted four points and six rebounds.


  • Rebounds: Geneseo 41, William Smith 30
  • Assists: Geneseo 14, William Smith 10
  • Turnovers: William Smith 15, Geneseo 15
  • Steals: Geneseo 13, William Smith 12
  • Blocked Shots: Geneseo 5, William Smith 3



  • The Knights came out strong, applying a full-court pressure that the Herons struggled to fight through.
  • Geneseo went on an 8-0 run to start the quarter but the Herons would find points from Smythe to end the run.
  • The Herons would respond with a nine-point run of their own to cut the lead to two. Jarvis would post three points while first-year Mckenzie Mandyck and sophomore Maddie Patrick would post two each.
  • The Knights would come out strong to start the second quarter, outscoring the Herons 20-8. Geneseo’s Kerry Dennin posted 17 points and five rebounds for the Knights in the first half to keep the Knights on top 36-19.
  • The Herons responded in the third quarter, outscoring the Knights 10-8. Junior Fiona Horan led the Herons with four points and one rebound to chip away at Geneseo’s lead.
  • The Herons fought back in the final ten minutes behind two three-pointers from sophomore Katie Smythe and one three-pointer from senior Kerstin Kelly.
  • Fiona Horan would add two blocks to keep the Knights to 12 points in the final quarter.
  • The early lead was enough for the Knights, who used the clock and strong shooting from the line to their advantage. Despite late efforts, the Herons would fall to the Knights 56-39.


“I think our defense in the half court was really good today,” Head Coach Lindsay Sharman said. “We applied good pressure when our defense was set. We need to stay composed throughout the game, but I think there were many positives to take away from a good competition against a good team.”


William Smith will head to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to participate in the 2022 Clasico at the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum. The Herons will take on Edgewood on Sunday, December 18, at 1 p.m. and then the University of Maine, Presque Isle on Monday, December 19, at 9 a.m.