The William Smith basketball team rode a hot shooting second half to a 75-52 Liberty League win over Clarkson this afternoon. On Senior Day, first-year forward Kristen Kush stole the spotlight with a game-high 18 points.
Senior guards Latasha Coney and Paige Myers were honored prior to the start of the contest and were productive in the final regular season home game of their careers. Coney posted her fourth double-double of the season with 12 points and a game-high 10 rebounds as well as five assists, while Myers scored 13 points, all in the first half, and also handed out five assists.
Clarkson got twin 14-point efforts from Katie Goldberg and Michelle Reddinger.
The Herons (13-9, 7-4) struggled offensively and defensively in the first half, but still carried a 29-28 lead into halftime. William Smith shot just 32.4 percent from the floor and allowed the Golden Knights (6-17, 1-11) to shoot 40.7 percent.
Thoughts of a comeback were quickly put to bed as the Herons started the second half on an 18-4 run. Coney, who netted all of her points in the second half, had five points and two assists during the decisive surge. Kush, who scored a career-high 20 points in last night’s win over St. Lawrence, connected on a jumper with 15:49 remaining in the contest to give William Smith a 43-32 lead, an advantage that remained in double digits the rest of the day.
The Herons shot 51.5 percent from the floor after the break, while harassing the Knights into a 22.9 percent performance. William Smith also outrebounded Clarkson 29-19 in the second half to secure a slim 44-43 edge for the game.
The Herons are back in action at 6 p.m. on Feb. 17, when they visit Hamilton, while the Golden Knights will be back on the court at 6 p.m. on Feb. 20, when they host Rensselaer.