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Kush, O’Brien post double-doubles

The William Smith basketball team got double-doubles from junior forward Kristen Kush and first-year guard Erin O’Brien, but Union eked out a 74-72 Liberty League victory in overtime. Dutchwomen senior forward Lauren McCormick led all scorers with 25 points.

Kush shot 8-of-15 from the floor on her way to a team-high 18 points and a game-high 11 rebounds, while O’Brien notched career-highs of 14 points and 11 assists.

McCormick was 9-of-18 from the floor and 7-of-9 from the free throw line. She was joined in double digits by junior guard Lindsay Hage’s 17 points off the bench and Leah Pepe’s 10 points. senior forward Lauren Hennessey collected a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Herons (6-8, 1-2) carried a 3-point lead into the final minute of regulation, but McCormick trimmed it to two by make the backend of a two-shot foul. William Smith misfired on its ensuing possession, allowing McCormick to tie the game with a layup with five ticks left. Fouled on the play, she had a chance to give Union (8-3, 3-0) the lead, but missed the free throw.

In overtime, the teams traded points through the first two minutes. O’Brien tied the game for the 12th and final time with a pair of makes from the line with 3:15 remaining. Hage put the Dutchwomen in front for good by burying a 3-pointer on the ensuing possession. After Heron senior guard Mollie Danahy (9 pts) made 1-of-2 from the line, Hage sank two free throws for a 4-point Union lead midway through extra time.

Just 10 seconds later, sophomore guard Sydni Salvatore made it a 73-72 game with a 3-pointer. The basket proved to be the final field goal for either team. William Smith was 0-for-4 down the stretch, while Union missed two field goal attempts and went just 1-for-4 from the line.

A back-and-forth struggle, the lead changed hands 18 times. The Dutchwomen relied on their depth, outscoring the Heron bench 33-18. They also had a 25-18 advantage in second chance points. William Smith outshot Union from the floor (.406 to .371) and line (.769 to .667), but the Dutchwomen made up for it by hitting on 8-of-19 from beyond the arc.

The loss is the second straight in overtime by the Herons, while Union posted its second consecutive OT win and in the process surpassed its season win total for all of last year (7-17 in 2009-10).

William Smith will head out on the road for its next contest, visiting Vassar on Jan. 21. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Union will stay on the road, playing at the same time at St. Lawrence.