Buffalo, NY-When the D'Youville College women's basketball team took a 29-21 lead into the halftime break against visiting St. John Fisher, things were looking pretty good for the Spartans.
But the second-half didn't turn out as well and St. John Fisher roared past the Spartans to win the non-conference matchup 72-56.
Shannon Dougherty (West Seneca, NY/West Seneca West) led D'Youville with 11 points followed by Jean-Ann Korona (Washingtonville, NY/Washingtonville) with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Danette Laguerre (Buffalo, NY/East) added 10 points and 3 assists.
The Spartans crawled out of an early 14-6 hole with a 10-0 run and closed the half an 11-3 run. D'Youville limited their guests to just 28.6% shooting (8-28) from the floor in the first 20 minutes. Dougherty, Korona, and Bridget Andrews (Amherst, NY/Sacred Heart Academy) scored 7 points apiece in the first-half.
But the second-half belonged to St. John Fisher. The Cardinals opened the second frame with an 8-0 run to tie the game at 29-29. After a trade of baskets, an Alexis Smith (Hamburg, NY/Hamburg) layup gave the Spartans a 33-31 lead and it was the last lead D'Youville would have.
The Spartans were held scoreless for the next 6:14 while St. Fisher went a dizzying 21-0 run to pull away.
"We learned another lesson tonight about closing out games," said Spartan's Head Coach Dan Glover. "We have to play a full forty minutes to be successful."
One Spartan player continued a statistical streak and one Spartan saw one come to an end.
Alexis Smith finished the game with 8 points ending her streak of double-digit point games at 15. The streak started back on January 9 and covered the last 12 games of the last season and first 3 games of this season. Jean-Ann Korona made it three-straight games with double-digit rebounds.
D'Youville returns to action November 26 when they host Fredonia State in the College Center Gym. Start time is at 8:00 p.m. At the door, D'Youville Athletics will be accepting donations of personal care items (soap, shampoo, mouthwash, toothpaste) to benefit the Buffalo City Mission.