Rebounding woes cost Potsdam in loss to St. Lawrence


cold shooting spell in the first half and a lack of rebounding hurt the SUNY Potsdam women's basketball team as host St. Lawrence defeated the Bears 73-55 on Sunday afternoon at Canton's Burke Gymnasium in a nonconference contest.

After back-to-back buckets from juniors Colleen McNamara (Guelph, Ontario/ Our Lady of Lordes) and Bailey Weigel (East Amherst, N.Y./ Williamsville East) 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-of-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 Potsdam's 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. / Webster-Schroeder) had 11 points, four rebounds and two steals, but was a victim of turnovers (six) and fouled out.

Weigel shot just 2-of-11, but was able to draw fouls and get to the line (6-of-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. / Troy) 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.