The William Smith basketball team made a school record 15 3-pointers and turned in its best overall shooting performance since 2008, dispatching Keuka 99-78 in Bristol Gym tonight. Junior guard Sydni Salvatore led four Herons in double figures with 22 points.
William Smith (1-1) came out fired up, recording four steals in the first two minutes of the game. Salvatore made the fourth, starting a fast break that ended with a jumper by sophomore Liz Douglass. The game’s opening bucket put the Herons in front for good.
Keuka (1-1) stayed in contact through the first eight minutes, trailing by just three after a jumper by Jessica Bandrowski at the 12:02 mark. Salvatore answered with a 3-pointer at the other end of the floor, sparking a 20-0 run for William Smith. Salvatore had seven points during the surge, while sophomore Sasha Borenstein capped the run with a pair of 3-pointers.
The Storm fought back within 14, 47-33, with 2:18 left in the first half, but the Herons pushed their advantage back to 19 by halftime. Keuka’s Danielle Gravel led all scorers with 17 points at the break, while three William Smith players were in double digits led by Salvatore’s 15.
The Herons shot 56.8 percent from the floor in the first half, including 10-of-20 from beyond the arc, while limiting the Storm to 37.5 percent shooting.
Bandrowski hit back-to-back 3s to open the second half scoring and trim Keuka’s deficit to 13, but Jacqueline Murphy and Salvatore bookended 3s around a Storm layup to stretch the Heron lead to 17, effectively ending Keuka’s comeback hopes. William Smith enjoyed a lead of at least 15 and as many as 25 points down the stretch.
Salvatore was 9-of-10 from the floor, including 4-of-5 from long distance. Douglass produced a career-high 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting and 4-of-6 from the line. Borenstein knocked down six triples on her way to an 18-point night. Sophomore Erin O’Brien was the fourth Heron in double figures, contributing 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, including a pair of 3s. Junior Jaimie Rubin handed out a game-high eight assists, while Murphy notched eight points, a game-high 15 rebounds, and five assists.
The previous record for 3-pointers in a game was 13, accomplished four times, most recently against Union on Feb. 25, 2011. William Smith shot 55.9 percent from the floor for the game, the team’s best performance since connecting on 57.9 percent against Maine Maritime on Dec. 31, 2008. The 99 points mark the most points in a game by the Herons since scoring 104 against Manhattanville on Nov. 25, 2001.
Gravel finished with a game-high 23 points for Keuka, while Bandrowski added 20 points, six steals, and five assists. Taylor Szwec chipped in 11 points.
William Smith will be back in action on Nov. 29, when they play their opening game of the Wendy’s Classic. Keuka returns home to host Hilbert on Nov. 22.