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Herons grab crucial conference win over Clarkson

Three different players dropped double-digit points as the William Smith basketball team defeated Clarkson University 56-47 in a Liberty League matchup in Bristol Gymnasium this afternoon. With the win, the Herons complete the regular season sweep of the Golden Knights during its National Girls & Women in Sports Day celebration.

First-year Miranda Martin led William Smith with 15 points and a career-high nine rebounds as she shot 7-for-14 from the floor. Senior Brooke Jarvis chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds for her seventh double-double of the season. First-year Amelia McCulley added 10 points, three assists and two steals in the win for the Herons.

Clarkson also had three players with double-digit scoring performances and were led by Bella Doyle with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Cassidy Dumont and Raelin Burns recorded 12 and 11 points, respectively.

COACH’S COMMENTS

“I’m really proud of our defensive efforts and our work on the boards tonight. They really sustained us through some droughts on offense. Our defense has struggled in various points this year, so it was great to see it win us the game.” – Head Coach Lindsay Sharman

KEY STATS

  • William Smith found 23 points from its bench compared to Clarkson’s three points. Martin led the way with 15 points off the bench.
  • The Herons opened the contest shooting 7-for-11 from the floor in the first quarter for a game-high 63.6%.
  • William Smith dominated the glass, grabbing 48 rebounds compared to Clarkson’s 35. The Herons allowing 35 opponent rebounds was its second lowest of the season behind Clarkson’s 23 in its last matchup with William Smith.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Clarkson opened the game on a 9-3 run before William Smith stormed back grabbing its first lead of the game at 11-10 thanks to a Martin layup.
  • The Herons went on a 6-2 scoring run to close out the first quarter up by five points.
  • William Smith and Clarkson traded points in the second quarter before Emma Chambers hit a deep three pointer at the buzzer to keep the Golden Knights within five heading into halftime.
  • A McCulley jumper followed by a three pointer by junior Molly Walsh opened the half on a 5-0 run for the Herons.
  • Clarkson responded with strong shooting from the free throw line before William Smith exploded for eight-straight points to extend its lead to 14.
  • The Golden Knights tried clawing their way back into the game late in the fourth behind a 6-0 run from Dumont and Boyle to bring Clarkson within eight.
  • Jarvis responded with six points down the stretch to close out the contest on top 56-47 for the Herons’ fifth conference victory of the season.

FOR THE RECORD

  • The Herons upped their record to 5-15, 5-8 in the Liberty League.
  • The Golden Knights slip to 4-16, 2-11 in conference play.

UP NEXT

William Smith will return to action tomorrow, Feb. 3, when it welcomes St. Lawrence to Bristol Gymnasium. Liberty League action between the Herons and the Saints is set for 2 p.m.