Canton, NY - With 35 points off turnovers, the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team took considerable advantage of the miscues of its opponent on Saturday afternoon, claiming an 83-51 non-league victory over SUNY Canton to close out the first semester's games.
The Golden Knights improved to 5-3, already surpassing last season's win total, and are now off from game play until January 2nd, when the team will host Hamilton College. SUNY Canton fell to 2-6 on the season.
The early going of Saturday's contest did not make it appear as if the Knights would earn a blowout victory, as the two teams were within three points midway through the first half, but a 3-pointer from Isabella Esposito (Essex, VT) at the 7:22 mark sparked a 12-0 run over the next few minutes. The Kangaroos shot missed three shots and committed three turnovers while the Knights found some offensive efficiency with Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) and Brooke Butkovsky (Monroe, CT) combining for nine points to give Clarkson a 30-15 edge. Though SUNY Canton would twice close to within 10 points, Clarkson would never allow the margin to fall to single digits.
With a 12-point halftime edge, the outcome was still certainly in doubt, but the opening of the second half ended that as Clarkson went on a 17-3 run in the first five minutes. Though Clarkson missed its first six shots of the half, its offensive rebounding wouldn't allow Canton an opportunity to get into the game with additional opportunities. The early stretch of the second half proved to be enough and the Kangaroos were kept at a fair distance. SUNY Canton committed 13 turnovers in the first half and then 16 more in the second half, and Clarkson took full advantage, scoring 14 points off the miscues in the first half and 21 points off the mistakes in the second half.
Junior Cara Manfredi (Glastonbury, CT) finished with a game-high 21 points and chipped in four rebounds and three assists, while Loggins finished with 20 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field, in just 22 minutes. She also had seven steals, six rebounds, and four assists. Butkovsky had a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, including five on the offensive end, as well as four steals and a pair of blocks. Katelyn Curtis (Leicester, NY) also produced nine points, making four of her five attempts from the field.
Karyss Terrance led the Kangaroos with 14 points, and Alicia Uhlein had all nine of her points in the first half.