William Smith College sophomore guard Sasha Borenstein made eight 3-pointers leading the Herons to an 83-59 Liberty League Women’s Basketball victory over Clarkson University. She scored a career and game-high 24 points on 8-of-14 shooting, all from long range.
The Herons charged out to a 10-2 lead, including six points from sophomore guard Jacqueline Murphy. The Golden Knights fought right back with a 12-2 run, keyed by eight points from first-year guard Leighann Tomita, to take a 14-12 lead. It was CU’s only lead of the night. William Smith scored the next 10 points, capped by Borenstein’s first 3-pointer, to take the lead for good.
The Herons led by as many as 12 on their way to a 48-37 halftime lead. William Smith scorched the Bristol Gym nets in the first half, connecting on 62.1 percent of its shots from the floor, including 6-of-9 from behind the arc.
The Herons left little room for doubt about the game’s final outcome, starting the second half on a 15-4 run to inflate their lead to 22 at the 12:54 mark. William Smith led by at least 20 points the rest of the way, cruising to its first conference victory (5-6, 1-1).
Senior forward Kristen Kush was the only other Heron in double digits, finishing with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Sophomore guard Erin O’Brien added nine points and a team-high four assists.
Clarkson (5-5, 0-2) got 16 points and four assists from Tomita. First-year forward Brooke Butkovsky contributed 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds, while first-year guard Raeanne Clabeaux produced 13 points.
William Smith enjoyed a 41-32 advantage on the glass. Murphy and first-year forwards Molly Breen and Chloe Hayter led the Herons with six caroms apiece.
William Smith will be back in action at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, when the Herons host St. Lawrence. The Golden Knights will play at the same time at RIT.