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ALBANY, N.Y.- Brittany Shields (Cold Spring, NY / Haldane) led the Setters with 31 points on 12-19 from the field as the Setters took the win over the College of Saint Rose Golden Knights 73-68 in conference play on Saturday. The Setters took their second win over the Golden Knights this season to help bring them to 13-10 overall and 11-8 in the Northeast-10 Conference while the Golden Knights drop to 9-14 overall and 6-13 in the conference.
Shields, one-point shy of her all-time career-high of 32 points that she dropped against Bloomfield on 2/29/2009, added eight rebounds to go along with her 31 points. Margo Hackett (Pawling, NY / Pawling) finished with 13 points and four rebounds while Jessica Scannell (Cork, Ireland / St. Vincent's) contributed ten points.
Mariah Lesure led the Golden Knights with 17 points and seven rebounds while Gabie Polce tallied 16 points and six assists. Desiree Simmons added 11 points and seven rebounds.
The teams started the first half off neck and neck, not allowing for more than a three point differential in the first ten minutes. The Golden Knights saw their largest lead of the half, by six points at 8:49 and then again at 7:54. The Setters didn't allow for that deficit to last long as Shields converted eight unanswered points over the next minute and a half to take the lead 22-21 with 6:16 in the half. There score would tie two more times, with the last being with two minutes in the half at 29-29. Rachel Dortch (Columbus, NJ / Northern Burlington) drained two free-throws with just under a minute left but the Golden Knights took a one-point lead on a triple. Dortch then hit a jumper to put the Setters up one point 33-32 with 22 seconds left but Saint Rose answered with a layup as time ran out in the half that allowed them to go into halftime ahead, 34-33.
The Setters come out persistent in the second half, as Scannell kicked off a 14-3 run with a triple that allowed the Setters to take their largest lead of the game, by ten points with 9:28 remaining in the game. The Golden Knights rallied to within three points with 6:33 left, but the Setters stretched their lead back out over the duration of the game, involving another ten point lead in the eventual win as the clock ran out, 73-68 .
The Setters went 24-for-50 from the field, 3-for-7 from three-point range and 22-for-27 from the free-throw line while the Golden Knights shot 25-for-48 from the field, 3-for-5 from the outside and 15-for-26 from the line. The Setters out-rebounded the Golden Knights 30-28 and had four less turnovers on the game.
The Setters will host the Panthers of Adelphi University on Wednesday, February 20 for a 5:30 pm conference match up.