Potsdam, NY - Freshman Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) and sophomore Leighann Tomita (Cerritos, CA) combined for 45 points for the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team, but were outdone by Sarah Wetmore's 32 for Rensselaer as the Engineers defeated the Golden Knights 81-66 in Liberty League action Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights saw their record fall to 3-18 overall and 1-12 in the Liberty League, while the Engineers improved to 12-10 overall and 6-7 in conference games. Clarkson will finish off the home portion of the schedule on Tuesday when it hosts Skidmore College.
The two teams had nearly identical shooting percentages in the first half, but RPI was able to make the most of its possessions with only four first-half turnovers, scoring 43 points in the opening half. The Engineers used a 8-0 run early on in the game to push their advantage to double figures and slowly increased the lead to as many as 18 points with just under five minutes remaining. Traling by 17 points with 1:47 to go in the half, Clarkson used a minor burst to pull back to within 11, capped off by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Loggins.
The second half was similar to the first in that RPI continued to limit its miscues and added to its advantage by shooting 50 percent from the floor. The biggest contribution for the Engineers came from Wetmore, who shot 7-for-11 in the second half for 17 points. Whenever Clarkson appeared ready to get the lead inside single digits, Wetmore was able to get to the basket or make a key outside jumper.
Loggins had another double-double for the Knights, producing 24 points and 14 rebounds to go along with three assists, a block, and a steal, while Tomita tossed in 21 pointson 7-for-13 shooting. Freshman Isabella Esposito (Essex, VT) came one rebound short of a double-double as well with 10 points and nine boards for the Knights.
For RPI, Wetmore was 11-for-17 from the floor for a game-high 32 points, while sophomore Amanda Lynch added 14 points and eight rebounds. Bailei Tetrault and Jen Rock each added 10 points for the Engineers.