Annville, PA - An extended stretch in the second half without a field goal saw a tight game morph into a double-digit defeat for the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team as the Golden Knights fell to Marywood 62-52 in the consolation game of the Lebanon Valley College Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday.
The Golden Knights fell to 0-3 on the season and will take on Potsdam State in nine days following the Thanksgiving break. Marywood moved to 1-1.
Clarkson found a better groove offensively on Sunday, but a five-minute run in the first half allowed Marywood to take a nine-point lead in the early going with a 13-4 run. The Golden Knights climbed back into the contest thanks to a 3-pointer from Leighann Tomita (Cerritos, CA) late in the half, and an Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) lay up allowed Clarkson to claim the lead with just over two minutes remaining in the first half. Only a Marywood put back at the conclusion of the half kept the Knights from heading into the locker room with a lead, as the two teams were tied at intermission, 27-27.
The two squards remained tied halfway through the second period, with the score 40-40 at the 11:29 mark. However, the Knights endured a tough run in which they only scored points from the free throw line, giving Marywood an opportunity to push its lead to double figures. From the point when the game was tied until a lay up from Isabella Esposito (Essex, VT) at 3:05, Clarkson struggled on offense, going 0-for-6 from the field with six turnovers. Though Clarkson came back slightly in the final minutes, Marywood held on for a 10-point victory.
Loggins finished the game with her second double-double of the year, scoring a game-high 21 points and adding in 12 rebounds and four assists. Tomita had eight points and seven rebounds and Esposito contributed eight points and six rebounds. Noelle Miller (Hamburg, NY) also made four steals for the Knights.
For Marywood, Brittany Mang scored a team-best 20 points while Ashley Murray tossed in 10 points in the victory.