Smith Defeats Hartwick 74-65 to Claim Tyler Tip-Off Title

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            NORTHAMPTON, MA – Host Smith College used a 10-0 run in the final quarter to pull away from Hartwick's women's basketball team 74-65 on Sunday in the championship game of the Tyler Tip-Off Tournament in Northampton, MA. The loss drops the Hawks from the unbeaten ranks at 3-1. The Pioneers stay perfect at 4-0.
            All-tournament selection Carly Johnson (Greenville, NY/Greenville Central) led all players with 26 points on the night. She shot 8-of-15 from the floor and connected on three three-pointers. She also had three rebounds, two blocks, an assist, and a steal. Kelly Pine (Hoosick Falls, NY/Hoosick Falls) was also in double figures with 11 points. Caitlin Corbett (Altamont, NY/Guilderland) added eight points and she pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
            The Hawks would shake off an early 10-point deficit and trailed by just two at the end of the first quarter. An old-fashioned three-point play from Giuliana Pritchard (Hagman, NY/Amsterdam) with 1:47 gone in the second quarter would give the Hawks their first lead at, 17-16. The advantage grew to as many as six after a Johnson jumper with under four minutes left before halftime. A Pine layup at the horn gave 'Wick a 33-29 edge at the break.
            Hartwick led 44-41 near the midway point of the third quarter after Taylor Kurs (Rego Park, NY/Archbishop Molloy) sank a pair from the free-throw line, but a 7-0 Pioneer run gave them the upper hand, 48-44, close to a minute later. The Hawks answered with five straight points and they grabbed three separate leads in the quarter before Smith dropped in a basket just before the buzzer to take a 55-54 lead heading into the final period.
            Free throws from Kate McClellan tied the game and triggered the 10-0 Pioneer run in the fourth quarter. A free throw from Lauren Bondi would put Smith up for good, 60-59, with 6:40 remaining. The Hawks got as close as five after a Pine three-pointer with 3:27 left. Johnson free throws with 90 seconds to play cut the deficit to six and the Hawks had three possessions to cut into the lead but they couldn't convert. The Pioneers closed it out from the line as they converted four straight shots from the stripe down the stretch.
            The Hawks shot 38.9% (21-for-54) from the floor in the game. The Pioneers were slightly better making 39.7% (23-for-58). Smith had the edge on the glass, 35-34.
            Hartwick returns home to Lambros Arena on Tuesday night against Wells. Tip-off is 5:30 p.m.