Posted by Skidmore Athletics
SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Skidmore College women's basketball team lost for the first time this season, 47-31, to No. 11 ranked Williams College on Dec. 7, at the Williamson Sports Center.
The Thoroughbreds fall to 4-1, while the Ephs remain unbeaten at 7-0.
Skidmore's lone lead of the night came on the first basket of the game, a jumper by Megan Gaugler '12 at 18:36. The Thoroughbreds kept Williams off the board until Claire Baecher's basket at 16:44 tied it 2-2. The basket started an 11-0 Williams run that gave the Ephs an 11-2 advantage.
Skidmore battled back with a 7-2 run of its own to cut it to four 13-9 with 7:45 to play. Gaugler had five of the points with a key three-pointer and a pair of free throws. Angela Botiba '15 had the other points on an inside lay-up off a Jordyn Wartts '14 steal. That was as close as it would get with Williams building a 22-12 lead at the half.
The Thoroughbreds hung tough in the second half, getting within nine points with 10:28 to play, but the Ephs were able to extend the lead to as many as 18 over the final minutes for the 47-31 final.
Gaugler finished with 12 points. Christina Gargiso '12 had nine points and 10 rebounds, while Botiba had two points and 10 rebounds. Wartts had two points, four steals and three assists.
Baecher and Ellen Cook had 10 points each for Williams.
Skidmore will close out the semester at home at 6 p.m. Dec. 9, against Middlebury College.