The William Smith College basketball team completed its conference-opening road trip with a 75=52 loss to Vassar College this afternoon. The Herons fall to 0-7 overall and 0-2 in the Liberty League while the Brewers move to 7-1 overall with a 2-0 mark in conference play.
Senior Brooke Jarvis led William Smith with 15 points and seven rebounds while three Herons chipped in six each. First-year Miranda Martin chipped in six points and two rebounds, while sophomore Carly Scott added six points and one rebound, and first-year Amelia McCulley recorded six points and three rebounds.
- Rebounds: Vassar 47, William Smith 29
- Assists: Vassar 16, William Smith 8
- Turnovers: Vassar 25, William Smith 23
- Steals: Vassar 9, William Smith 8
- Blocked Shots: William Smith 4, Vassar 1
HERON STAT LEADERS
- Scoring: Brooke Jarvis 15, Miranda Martin 6, Carly Scott 6, Amelia McCulley 6
- Rebounding: Brooke Jarvis 7, Amelia McCulley 3, Jazzmyn Lewis 2, Maddie Patrick 2, Miranda Martin 2, Ava Lobozzo 2, Grace O’Connor2
- Assists: Maddie Patrick 3, Brooke Jarvis 2, Molly Walsh 1, McKeyla Badilla Chaves 1, Fiona Horan 1
HOW IT HAPPENED
- William Smith opened up strong against Vassar, opening the contest on a 10-6 run led by junior Molly Walsh and first-year Miranda Martin who both converted three-point plays.
- The Brewers closed out the first quarter on a 7-2 run in the final three minutes to take the lead heading into the second.
- Senior Kerstin Kelly and Martin hit back-to-back three pointers in the second to keep the Herons in the game before Vassar used strong shooting from the line to push their lead.
- The Brewers sunk six free throw shots late in the half to extend their lead to 14 at halftime.
- Vassar continued their momentum in the second half going on a 12-0 run to open the second half.
- William Smith tried to claw its way back into the game in the final quarter and were led by sophomore Carly Scott who hit back-to-back three pointers to cut the Herons deficit to 17.
- The remainder of the contest was filled with several free throws for both sides as first-year Amelia McCulley and junior Maddie Patrickconverted from the line.
- The Herons finished the game on a 5-0 run as first-year Grace O’Connor hit a jumper followed by first-year Giana Lobozzo converting a three-point play in the final minute. Despite William Smith fighting back late in the contest, the Brewers used smart defense to close out the contest on top.
“We bounced back strong today to start the game, but struggled to get our offense going in the second quarter,” said Head Coach Lindsay Sharman. “We did some great things on defense but struggled to rebound, which hurt us in the middle quarters. We will build on some things from today and get better this week!”
William Smith will be back in action Saturday, Dec. 9, when it welcomes RPI to Geneva for a Liberty League matchup. Action between the Herons and the Engineers is set for 2 p.m. in Bristol Gymnasium.