Record-Setting Day Leads Brewers to 95-71 Victory

By Amie Canfield

POUGHKEEPSIE – Powered by a game and career-high 28 points from senior captain Dani Douglas, the Vassar College women’s basketball team defeated William Smith College, 95-71 in Liberty League action on Saturday afternoon at AFC Gymnasium. The Brewers – now winners of two straight – move to 2-5 overall and a perfect 2-0 in league play. The Herons are now 2-3 and 1-1 in the Liberty League.

It was a record-setting effort for the Brewers on Saturday as they eclipsed their own marks from earlier this season in three-pointers. Vassar’s 19 three-pointers made beat the previous single-game record of 19, while the 44 three-pointers attempted edged the previous mark of 43 – both set against Williams on November 20.

Additionally, the Brewers’ 95 points tied for second-most in a single game, the first time since 2009. Individually, Douglas tied the all-time mark of three-pointers made with eight, going 8-of-11 from beyond the arc. The most recent 8 shot effort came in 2019 from Isa Peczuh ’20. Junior Eliza Srinivasan also put herself into the record books today, as her 11 assists were not only a career-high, but also rank tie for third-most in a single game.

Douglas added two rebounds and three assists on the day, which saw her go 10-of-15 from the floor with career-high’s in points and three-pointers made. Senior captain Sarah Gillooly was tremendous as well, posting her first career double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Gillooly just missed a triple-double, recording seven assist on the day with just two turnovers. It was also a career-high in rebounds for the captain.

Junior Alex Lee added 13 points and six boards for the Brewers, while rookie Julia Harvey poured in a career-high 17 points with two boards. Freshman Tova Gelb rounded out the double-figure scorers for Vassar, dropping in 11 points on the day.

For the Herons, senior Olivia Parisi posted 26 points, adding seven boards, two assists and a block. Junior Lauren DeVaney put up 15 points with 11 boards to complete the double-double, while sophomore Brooke Jarvis added 13 points and 10 boards for her own double-double.

Vassar outscored William Smith in all four quarters, holding a two-point advantage in the first, third and fourth frames. The outcome ultimately turned on the lopsided second quarter, which saw the Brewers outscore the Herons 27-9.

The Brewers led 20-18 at the end of the first quarter with 18 of the Brewers points coming via the 3-ball. Vassar held a 25-22 advantage following DeVaney’s jumper two and a half minutes into the second quarter.

That’s when the Brewers launched their decisive run, making 6-of-10 from the floor, including three 3-pointers, and 4-of-5 at the free throw line. Harvey led the charge with seven points, including the final six. During the seven-minute surge, William Smith missed 14 straight field goals and five free throw attempts.

Vassar led 47-27 at the half as Douglas led all scorers with 20 first half points, including six triples. Parisi led the Herons with 14 points. The homestanding Brewers maintained a double-digit advantage throughout the second half to secure the weekend league sweep.

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