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Opening surge carries Herons to victory over Raptors

The William Smith College basketball team scored the first 15 points of its Liberty League contest at Bard College on the way to a 55-42 win this evening. Sophomore Gabrielle Eure scored a team-high 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Herons.

Eure was 7-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-7 in the first half. Senior Chloe Hayter added 12 points, eight boards and three blocked shots. She moved into eighth place on the William Smith career scoring list with 1,224 points, passing Pam DuMond ’96 (1,216). Sophomore Melanie Patterson also reached double figures with 10 points.

William Smith enjoyed a 41-30 rebounding advantage thanks in part to sophomore Krista Anken’s career-high 10 boards. She also logged a game-high five assists, matching her season-to-date total. The Herons shot 48 percent for the game while holding Bard to 31 percent shooting.

Raptor Bianka Bell was the only player from the home team to hit double digits, finishing with a game-high 17 points.

William Smith charged out of the gate, making six of its first 11 shots to build a 15-0 lead. Bard struggled to get its offense in gear, missing its first 11 shots from the floor before Bell finally snapped the scoring drought 8:35 into the contest. The Herons led by as many as 21, 28-7, on Courtney Chase’s layup at 5:42. The Raptors closed the first half on a 7-2 run to get within 30-14 at halftime.

Eure had 14 points and six rebounds at the break.

Like its finishing run to the first half, Bard (4-17, 0-13) opened the second strong, outscoring William Smith 7-2, including five from Bell, in the first four minutes. The 14-4 halftime spanning effort got Bard within 11, 32-21, but the Herons countered with a 10-2 run to squash any hopes of a comeback by the home team.

William Smith (4-17, 3-10) will travel to Vassar College (9-13, 4-9) on Saturday, Feb. 14. Tipoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.