Troy, NY - On the wrong side of a 31-7 run over the final 11 minutes of the first half, the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team fell behind early and couldn't recover as the Golden Knights dropped a 69-53 decision to Rensselaer in Liberty League play Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Knights saw their overall mark evened at 6-6 while the conference record fell to 1-3. The Engineers picked up their second win in conference play to improve to 2-3 and 4-10 overall. Clarkson will complete a five-game road trip with games at Vassar and Bard next weekend.
The first half started off well enough for the Golden Knights, as an Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) lay up at the 11:24 mark gave Clarkson a 13-12 lead, but the next 11 minutes put Clarkson in a significant hole. Rensselaer rattled off eight points in short order and the run was briefly halted by a 3-pointer from Cara Manfredi (Glastonbury, CT) brought Clarkson back to within four points. However, the final nine minutes saw the Knights score just four more points as Rensselaer used a hot-shooting run to push its lead to 23 points at the break. Clarkson had committed just three more turnovers than the Engineers in the first half, but RPI shot 18-for-34 overall (52.9%) while Clarkson struggled to go 7-for-28 (25.0%).
Although the deficit was a overwhelming at the half and the RPI lead extended to as many as 28 early in the second period, Clarkson slowly chipped into the Engineers lead and was back within 15 points with 5:16 to go. Unfortunately for the Knights, that was as close as the margin would get as Clarkson's offensive output was always responded to by RPI, with the final deficit settling at 16 points.
Clarkson shot just 2-for-19 from beyond the 3-point arc, but was much more efficient from inside the line, going 17-for-42 (40.5%), nearly identical to the Engineers rate of 19-for-41, but RPI was 6-for-13 from the arc.
Ashley Loggins scored 22 points, going 8-for-16 from the floor, and added in 11 rebounds and six steals. Manfredi added in 11 points, and Brooke Butkovsky (Monroe, CT) contributed 10 rebounds, three blocks, and four steals to the Clarkson effort. For RPI, Ashley Clough matched Loggins offensive effort with 22 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Amanda Clough chipped in 14 points in 18 minutes and Kelly Piotrowski was flawless in her 11 points, going 3-for-3 from the field with a 3-pointer and 4-for-4 from the free throw line.