Legg, Saints Close 2012 with 70-57 Victory Over Mavericks
Dec. 15: The St. Lawrence University women's basketball team dominated play inside the paint en route to a 70-57 non-conference victory over Medaille College on Saturday in the Burkman Gymnasium. The Saints, led by junior forward Kelly Legg's game-high 24 points and six rebounds, improved to 5-3, closing the year 2012 with four straight wins. The Mavericks fall to a 5-5 mark on the season and were led by two in double figures.
"That was a great game for us against a really good opponent," said St. Lawrence head coach Dan Roiger. "I really liked the way we were patient, yet aggressive offensively. We found open teammates and had great shot selection, which we worked on all week. I thought Kelly and Amanda [Roberts] stepped up today, and the team should be really proud of the way it finished the year before entering conference play after holiday break."
Joining Legg in double digits was sophomore Kara McDuffee, who added 11 points and eight rebounds. Roberts dished out a game-high seven assists, and combined with sophomore Allison Cady combined for 16 points and 10 rebounds. Junior co-captain Cassie St. Hilaire had a game-high nine rebounds and added four steals and five points.
The Mavericks were led by Joelle Pollak and Brittney Rowland, who each scored 13 points apiece. Alicia Montalvo, Morgan Howe and Emily Brophy combined for 19 points for Medaille.
Medaille opened up to a 15-9 lead at 11:43, but St. Lawrence's offense came alive, posting a 19-7 run over the next 8:00 to take a 28-22 lead with 2:42 remaining in the half. The Mavericks, however, scored five quick points in the last :36 seconds of the half to cut the Saints' lead to 30-27 at the intermission.
An 11-3 run in favor of St. Lawrence at the start of the second half stretched its lead to 11 points (41-30) at 16:21. After a layup by Brittnee Perry cut the score to 44-36 at 14:08, Saints junior co-captain Hannah Wilson made a three-pointer to bring the home team's lead back to double figures where it remained the rest of the game.
St. Lawrence, which limited Medaille to 30.0% shooting in the second half, held advantages in rebounds (42-27) and second chance points (16-6), while outscoring the Mavericks 40-22 in the paint. The Saints also had 21 assists on 26 field goals.
St. Lawrence will be back in action in 2013 with a non-conference game against Potsdam on January 4th before opening up Liberty League play in the Burkman Gymnasium against Skidmore on January 8th.