Courtesy of HWSathletics.com
GENEVA, N.Y.—William Smith College sophomore forward Olivia Parisi scored a team-high 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds, but visiting Skidmore College escaped Bristol Gym with a 71-65 Liberty League women’s basketball victory this afternoon.
The Herons end the regular season with a 14-11 overall record and a 10-8 mark in the conference. The Thoroughbreds season ends with a 6-18 record, 4-13 in the league.
Parisi was an efficient 8-of-11 from the floor and 4-of-7 at the free throw line. Classmate Stella Davis added 16 points and four assists before fouling out in the final minute. Junior Stavriana Dimitrakopoulou logged a double-double on 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds. Senior Emma Gallagher grabbed nine boards to go with four assists and four points.
Skidmore got a game-high 32 points from senior Jessica Centore. She was 11-of-21 shooting with a 3-pointer and 9-of-12 at the free throw line. Sophomores Clare Driscoll and Kate McCarney added 15 points and 12 points, respectively.
The contest was close from the open tip until the final horn. There were 11 lead changes, 11 ties and neither team led by more than six points. William Smith carried its six-point advantage into halftime, leading 31-25. The Herons ended the half on a 12-3 run that included six points for Parisi and four more for Dimitrakopoulou.
William Smith was 8-of-15 shooting in the second quarter.
Skidmore built momentum throughout the second half, shooting 41.2% in the third quarter and 58.3% in the fourth quarter. Centore accounted for half of the Thoroughbreds 46 points after halftime.
The Herons took their final lead of the game on a pair of free throws by Davis for a 63-62 edge with under three minutes remaining. Junior Caroline Merguerian answered with two from the charity stripe at the other end of the floor to put the visitors up 64-63.
William Smith was down only three with 24 seconds left, but missed a shot that would have tied the game allowing Skidmore to ice the win at the free throw line, making 3-of-4 down the stretch.
The Herons enter the Liberty League Tournament as the No. 5 seed. They will travel to No. 4 Rensselaer for a first round game Tuesday, Feb. 25. Game time is 7 p.m.