The William Smith College basketball team fell in a hard-fought battle with Skidmore College this afternoon in Bristol Gymnasium, 78-57. The Herons fall to 2-12 overall and 2-5 in conference play, while the Thoroughbreds move to 11-4 overall with a 6-2 mark in the Liberty League.
Senior Brooke Jarvis led William Smith with 11 points, eight rebounds and four assists while first-year’s Amelia McCulleyand Miranda Martin chipped in double-digit performances with 10 points each. Graduate student Kerstin Kelly added eight points, shooting 60% from the floor including 50% from behind the arc.
- Rebounds: Skidmore 44, William Smith 32
- Assists: Skidmore 20, William Smith 18
- Turnovers: Skidmore 10, William Smith 10
- Steals: Skidmore 6, William Smith 4
- Blocked Shots: William Smith 4, Skidmore 1
HERON STAT LEADERS
- Scoring: Brooke Jarvis 11, Amelia McCulley 10, Miranda Martin 10
- Rebounding: Brooke Jarvis 8, Mara Bledsoe 5, Molly Walsh 3, Jazzmyn Lewis 3
- Assists: Jazzmyn Lewis 4, Brooke Jarvis 4, Molly Walsh 2, Ava Lobozzo 2, Amelia McCulley 2, Mara Bledsoe 2, Giana Lobozzo 2
- Skidmore opened the contest on a 5-1 run before first-year Ava Lobozzo finished off a driving layup to cut the deficit to two.
- The Thoroughbreds tried to grab momentum early on, but William smith continued to strike back with quick transitions and a full court press.
- Skidmore extended their lead to 18-7 with an Emilija Jakumaite three pointer late in the first quarter. Kerstin Kellyresponded with a deep three pointer of her own with 15 seconds remaining in the first to snap the Thoroughbreds scoring streak.
- After a 3-0 run to open the second quarter for Skidmore, William Smith responded with a 7-2 run behind points from McCulley, Lobozzo and sophomore Mara Bledsoe to bring the Herons within nine.
- The Herons continued to fight back in the second, playing strong defensively as a unit and executing offensively. Kelly hit her second three pointer of the day followed by a Jarvis driving layup to bring the Herons back within six.
- The Thoroughbreds stayed strong and rebounded well offensively, forcing several fouls for William Smith. Skidmore shot well from the line and closed out the half on a 4-0 run to maintain an 11-point lead.
- William Smith tried to push the tempo early in the second half and went on a 5-2 run with another three pointer from McCulley in hopes of sparking a comeback.
- Skidmore responded well with a 7-0 run to grab back the momentum early on.
- The Herons stood tall on defense and fought back on the boards as both teams traded points in the third.
- The Thoroughbreds continued to shoot well from the free-throw-line to maintain their lead, sinking three free throws to push their lead to 15 heading into the final quarter.
- Jarvis caught the hot hand to open the fourth, scoring six points to cut into the Herons deficit.
- Skidmore’s Andi Levitz snapped William Smith’s scoring streak with a deep three from the corner with just over six minutes remaining. The Herons responded with a 6-0 run including four points from junior Molly Walsh to bring William Smith within nine with five minutes remaining.
- The Thoroughbreds withstood the late pressure and went on a 13-3 run for their biggest lead of the game. Skidmore closed out the contest on top 78-57 despite strong efforts from a young William Smith squad.
“We showed today that we can hang with the top teams in our league,” said Head Coach Lindsay Sharman. “Next step is locking in on our defense for a whole 40 minutes. I’m proud of our fight today and excited to get back in the gym tomorrow and continue to climb.”
William Smith will be back in action Tuesday, Jan. 16, when it heads to Troy, New York, to take on Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in a Liberty League showdown. Tipoff between the Herons and the Engineers is set for 5:30 p.m. in ECAV Arena.