CANTON - A cold shooting spell in the first half and a lack of rebounding hurt the SUNY Potsdam womens basketball team as host St. Lawrence defeated the Bears 73-55 in a nonconference contestSunday afternoon at Burkeman Gymnasium.
After back-to-back buckets from juniors Colleen McNamara (Guelph, Ontario) and Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y.) tied the game 8-8, the Saints went on a 23-4 run to close the first half with a 31-12 advantage.
Potsdam (3-4) shot just 5-21 (23 percent) from the floor in the opening half and trailed by as many as 32 points with 13:42 left in the game. When Potsdams shots were not falling, it were having trouble getting to the ball as it was outrebounded 56-27.
Kara McDuffee led with a game-high 14 points for St. Lawrence (2-4) and was joined by three others in double digit scoring as Caroline Dalton (12), Kelly Legg (11) and Cassie St. Hilaire (10) provided an all-around attack.
But the Bears chipped away at the lead and continued to play hard enough to outscore the Saints 19-10 in the final six minutes and 43-42 in the second half.
Senior forward Jessica Kouzan (Webster, N.Y.) had 11 points, four rebounds and two steals, but was a victim of turnovers (six) and fouled out.
Weigel shot just 2-11, but was able to draw fouls and get to the line (6-9) to finish with 10 points. She also had seven rebounds, four assists, four steals and two blocks.
Freshman guard Meghan Driscoll (Troy, N.Y.) finished with a season-high nine points and scored the Bears last five points on a pair of drives inside the paint and a free throw. She also came up with a pair of steals.
Potsdam will next take a holiday trip to Daytona Beach, Florida, to take on Williams College Friday 4 p.m. and William Smith on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Daytona Shootout.