Five in double figures as Clarkson women's basketball downs Union, 76-39
Potsdam, NY – A struggling Union offense and a lights out scoring stretch by the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team turned a tight game into a blowout as the Golden Knights nearly doubled up the Dutchwomen 76-39 Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights improved to 7-6 overall and 2-4 in the Liberty League with the victory, while the Dutchwomen dropped to 4-7 and 1-4.Senior Devin Sorell and Madison Shea came in to Friday's game chasing personal milestones, and each was able to achieve those figures quickly in the first half. Sorell needed seven points to reach 1300 for her career, and she hit that mark late in the first quarter, while Shea needed an assist to get to 300 in her career, finding Sorell for a 3-pointer to achieve that feat.
Clarkson rolled out to an 11-4 lead in the early going after a 3-pointer from Sorell and a layup from Shea, but a layup and free throw from Jenni Barra late in the quarter allowed Union to get back to within three at the 1:17 mark. However, Clarkson was able to score twice in the last 60 seconds, including a 3-pointer from Molly Stewart, to extend its advantage to eight at the first break. The Knights quickly pushed out to an 11-point advantage when Hannah Earl converted inside at the 6:20 mark, but Union responded with seven straight points to climb back into the contest. Again, though, the Knights had answers, with Carly Assimon picking up a three-point play on a layup and free throw at the 1:13 mark and Tricia Loso slashing through the lane with 34 seconds left to increase the margin to 10 at the break, 36-26.
Union opened the third quarter with two quick 3-pointers from Nicole Conley and Jenni Barra to make it a four-point game, but the Knights responded at the other end with two Molly Stewart 3-pointers sandwiched around a layup from Olivia Marshall to give the Knights another double-digit lead with seven minutes to go in the quarter. Union briefly stopped the run with a 3-pointer at the 3:48 mark from Jenni Barra, but that shot was the last field goal that the Dutchwomen would make in the game.
While Union sputtered on offense, Clarkson continued to make shots from the perimeter, allowing the lead to expand to 23 at the end of the third quarter. Union's offense dropped in four free throws, most coming in the final moments, while the Knights continued to score off turnovers with easy layups at the other end.
Five players finished in double figures for the Knights, led by Madison Shea's 18 points on 8-for-12 shooting. Molly Stewart added 14 points, with 11 coming in the second half, and Devin Sorell contributed 13 points. Carly Assimon tossed in 12 points coming off the bench, and Hannah Earl nearly produced a double-double with 10 points and nine rebounds. For Union, Jenni Barra had 12 points and Alexa Morin grabbed 10 boards.