Potsdam, NY – A double-double from freshman Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) highlighted the Clarkson University Women’s Basketball opener, but the Golden Knights came up short in their season-opener to Canton, falling 69-62 Thursday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The win for Canton was its first over Clarkson since the 1985-86 season, ending a nine-game losing streak to the Golden Knights.
In the first half, the two teams started off slowly until both realized they could get open shots by driving to the rim and beating their defenders off the dribble. Easier open shots and lay ups allowed scoring to open up, but neither team could gain much of an advantage. Clarkson had a five-point edge early on, but each time the Kangaroos responded with a 3-pointer to quickly climb back into the contest. A three-point play from freshman Ashley Loggins near the end of the half gave the Knights a one-point lead at the break.
Loggins nearly recorded a double-double in the first half with nine points and 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards and sophomore point guard Leighann Tomita (Cerritos, CA) added four assists. For Canton, Karyss Terrance had 12 points, making all four of her free throw attempts and four shots from the floor.
Canton took the lead with a 3-pointer on its first possession and other than one tie, had the lead for the remainder of the game. Each time that the Golden Knights made a run and were within a single possession of retaking the lead, Canton would nail a 3-point field goal to push the advantage back to four or five points. The Kangaroos would eventually extend their lead to double figures late in the half, taking a 15-point lead (64-49) with just over four minutes to go. However, Clarkson would cut into the lead and make a game of it in the final minute, but free throws down the stretch gave Canton a seven-point cushion at the buzzer.
Noelle Miller (Hamburg, NY) scored a career-high 20 points, shooting 10-for-16 from the floor, to lead the Golden Knights, while Loggins had 14 points and 15 rebounds. Tomita shot a flawless 7-for-7 from the free throw line and had 15 points overall. For Canton, Karyss Terrance led the team with 17 points while adding in eight rebounds and Kaitlin Myers contributed 16 points. Alicia Uhlein shot 6-for-7 from the floor for 15 points, and Joelle Percy nearly had a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.