Hudson Valley Sports Report

VASSAR WOMEN TAKE SIXTH STRAIGHT

DeOrio Nets Career-High In Victory

POTSDAM – Five Brewers scored in double figures on Friday night, as the Vassar College women’s basketball team recorded an 86-69 win over Clarkson.

Sophomore Ryan DeOrio paced the offense with a career-high 18 points.

Vassar has now won six straight and moves to 9-2 overall and 3-1 in Liberty League play, while Clarkson drops to 4-6 and 1-3 in the conference.

Vassar took an early 15-7 lead in the first quarter, but a Sophie Nick pushed their lead to 10 at 1:24. In the final Golden Knights’ possession, Sarah Gillooly swiped the ball from Emma Buonanno with five seconds remaining. Gillooly passed to Isa Peczuh who picked up Skylar Schmid for the buzzer-beater layup and the 19-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.

Clarkson would pull within nine points at 3:06 in the second, but a Nick triple sparked a 14-5 run for the remainder of the half. Vassar scored six points in the final 47 seconds behind a pair of layups from DeOrio and another from Cenan to lead 45-27.

The Golden Knights were unable to break the double-digit barrier in the second half, and the Brewers led by as much as 19. Clarkson knocked a pair of triples to open the half, but DeOrio responded with her own off a Nick assist at 7:08. In the final quarter, Clarkson began on a 4-0 run when the Brewers called a timeout. Following the break, Dani Douglas (Kalispell, MT) knocked down a trey to start a 10-4 run. The Golden Knights could not manage a late comeback, with Vassar answering after any made basket. A final layup by Schmid with 45 seconds left sealed the Brewers’ win.

Cenan recorded her first-career double-double behind 16 points and 12 rebounds and also had three blocks and a steal. Nick tallied 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Peczuh had 13 points and Douglas had 12. Maddie Leong  grabbed a career-high nine boards. As a team, Vassar had a season-high 54 rebounds and limited Clarkson to only 28. The Brewers shot 49.2 percent (30-of-61) from the field and 55.6 percent (10-of-18) from long range.

Molly Stewart led Clarkson with 24 points.

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