CANTON Kara McDuffee scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the St. Lawrence University womens basketball team to a 65-52 victory over the Rochester Institute of Technology in a Liberty League semifinal Wednesday.
The top-seeded Saints (19-7 overall) will host No. 2 Vassar College, which beat No. 3 William Smith 81-70, in the championship game at 3 p.m. Saturday. The winner gets an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
SLU held just a 25-24 lead over No. 4 RIT (14-12) at halftime, but outscored the Tigers 40-28 in the second half.
Kelly Legg scored 12 points, and Cassie St. Hilaire and Lauren Quattrocchi both scored 10 for SLU. Kayla Wheeler led RIT with 13 points and Ashlynn Palmitesso added 11.
HOBART 78, CLARKSON 69 (OT)
Richie Bonney led top-seeded Hobart (20-6) to a 78-69 overtime victory over No. 4 Clarkson in a Liberty League semifinal in Geneva.
Joe Gibbons scored 19 points and Trey Blanding added 18 for Hobart.
Marques Charlton led Clarkson (16-10) with 23 points. John Coleman scored 20 points, and Felix Abongo added 16 for the Golden Knights.
JCC CLAIMs REGION 3 HONORS
Jefferson Community College guard Jasmine Canady was named the NJCAA Division III Region 3 Player of the Year for womens basketball.
JCC coach Josh Woodward was named Coach of the Year and freshman forward Alyssa Crosby joined Canady on the All-Region first team.
Canady averaged 20.7 points per game to go with 7.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 4.4 steals. She became the second player in program history to eclipse 1,000 career points this month.
Crosby averaged 19 points and 11.4 rebounds.
Canady and Woodward each received the same award from the Mid-State Athletic Conference last week.
Sophomore guard Amanda Roberts was named to the All-Region third team. Freshman forward Dustin Pond of the JCC mens squad was named to the All-Region second team.
The 19-6 Cannoneers received the No. 3 seed in the Region 3 Tournament and will play No. 6 Mohawk Valley in the first round at 1 p.m. Friday in Syracuse.
SU SET FOR CHA PLAYOFFS
Syracuse will host Lindenwood University in the first round of the College Hockey America playoffs in a best-of-three series beginning 7 p.m. Friday at Tennity Ice Pavilion.
Games two and three are slated for 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
SU, which won three of four against Lindenwood in the regular season, went 18-13-3 with a 9-8-3 CHA mark, finishing fourth in the six-team conference.
The Orange is coached by Canton native and former St. Lawrence womens coach, Paul Flanagan. Former South Jefferson student Kaillie Goodnough, a junior, has tallied a goal and eight assists as a starting defender.
The CHA semifinals are slated for March 7-8 at Mercyhurst in Erie, Pa.
SAINTS SEND EIGHT TO NATIONALS
Sophomore Amr Khaled is a second seed in the A Division, leading a cast of eight Saints players competing in the national championships in Philadelphia on Friday.
Joining Khaled in the A Division is Moustafa Bayoumy. Competing in the B Division for SLU is Ibriham Khan, Vir Seth, Sebastian Reidelsheimer, Anderson Good, Chris Fernandez and Duncan Maxwell.
TWO BEARS HONORED
SUNY Potsdams Tyler Zapisek and Richie Zimmerman both earned spots on the All-SUNYAC swim team.
Zapisek won the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 51.32 seconds, and Zimmerman finished in second in the 50 freestyle in 21.27.