Sophomore guard Liz Douglass matched her career-high with 20 points and sophomore guard Jacqueline Murphy produced her second double-double of the season to lead the William Smith basketball team to a 60-55 overtime victory at Nazareth in the first round of the Wendy’s College Classic.
Douglass was 7-of-13 from the floor and 6-of-8 from the free throw line for her second consecutive 20-point game. She also registered a career and game-high six steals. Murphy scored 11 points and pulled down a team-high 13 rebounds. Sophomore guard Erin O’Brien chipped in seven points and seven rebounds, while senior guard Chelsea Tracy also netted seven points.
Brittany Wilson paced the Golden Flyers with 23 points, eight rebounds, and four blocked shots. Katie Kollar added 11 points and Brittany TallChief contributed eight points and 13 rebounds.
William Smith (2-1) came out firing, opening the game on an 18-4 run. The Herons led by as many as 15 points before taking a 31-20 lead into halftime. William Smith shot 41.4 percent from the floor in the opening 20 minutes, while holding Nazareth (2-3) to 34.6 shooting, including 0-for-9 from 3-point range.
The Golden Flyers turned the tables in the second half, shooting 43.8 percent and limiting the Herons to 35.7 percent (0-for-6 from behind the arc). Nazareth used a 12-2 run fueled by Wilson to take its first lead of the contest. She started the surge with a traditional 3-point play and scored a total of eight points as the Golden Flyers wiped out a 9-point William Smith lead.
Kollar gave the home team a 4-point lead, 53-49, with 2:05 remaining in regulation. Junior Sydni Salvatore countered with a layup 11 seconds later to make it a one-possession game. Murphy got a steal and layup to tie the game at the 1:25 mark. Each team got off a shot in the final minute but the game remained tied, necessitating overtime.
Wilson scored the first basket in OT, but Nazareth misfired on the rest of its shots of the period. William Smith struggled from the floor as well (0-for-6), but earned four trips to the free throw line, making 7-of-8 to earn the victory.
The Herons improve to 7-0 all-time in their opening game of the Wendy’s College Classic. William Smith will face Rochester, a 75-33 winner over Brockport, on Thursday, Dec. 1. The semifinal is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. at RIT.