Williams women win in NCAA D-III hoops opener

Saturday March 2, 2013

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Williams College women’s basketball team bounced back from a disappointing NESCAC Tournament championship game loss with a resounding win in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.

NESCAC player of the year Claire Baecher had a double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds, and was one of four Eph starters to score in double figures as Williams defeated the University of Scranton 79-59 Friday night at the Alexander Palestra on the University of Rochester campus.

The Ephs led 34-28 at halftime, but outscored Scranton by 14 points in the second half to pull away.

Ellen Cook had 19 points for Williams, Jennie Harding 14 and Kellie Macdonald 10.

The win was the 83rd for the current crop of Williams seniors, the most wins for any class in school history. Their first win was also at the Palestra.

The game might have turned in the waning moments of the first half. Baecher, who had four blocks, got one and Macdonald converted an uncontested layup as the horn sounded to give the Ephs a 6-point lead. They carried that momentum into the second half.

Williams will face Rochester tonight at 5 for the right to move on in the tournament. Rochester got 23 points from Loren Wagner, including a pair of game-clinching free throws with 2.2 seconds left, as the Yellowjackets held off Emmanuel 70-66.


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