Knights women's basketball defense comes through in first league win
Saturday, February 2, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Annandale, NY - Since the conference season began, the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team alway seemed to be on the wrong side of a run that sent it to defeat, but Saturday afternoon the Golden Knights scored 14 of the final 16 points in the contest to gain a 58-43 Liberty League victory over Bard College.

The Golden Knights improved to 3-16 overall and 1-10 in conference games, while Bard fell to 7-15 and 1-12. Clarkson returns from a four-game road trip to face Union and Rensselaer next weekend at Alumni Gymnasium.

Clarkson never trailed against the Raptors as Bard struggled at the start of the game, missing its first six shots with two turnovers in the opening eight possessions. Clarkson had just a modest six point lead once Bard got it going midway through the first half, but the Knights went on a 10-2 run over a span of 4:20 and pushed their advantage to as many as 15 points. Only a buzzer beater kept Clarkson from enjoying a near double-digit lead at the break.

In the second half, the Knights were plagued by foul trouble, getting whistled for 11 fouls in 10 minutes to put Bard in the double-bonus early on. However, Bard could not take complete advantage of the extra opportunities as the Raptors could only come back and tie the game on three occasions without ever claiming a lead. Starting with a Leighann Tomita (Cerritos, CA) with just under five minutes remaining in the game, Clarkson went on a 13-0 run in the final moments in the game, stopped by a harmless jumper from the Raptors when the game was no longer in doubt.

Freshman forward Colleen Daley (Orchard Park, NY) headlined a strong defensive effort from the Knights with eight blocked shots. Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) scored another double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds and Tomita finished with a game high 18 points. Isabella Esposito (Essex, VT) tossed in 10 points and Melissa Bogart (Voorheesville, NY) sunk all three of her 3-point field goal attempts in the first half and finished with nine points.

For Bard, Bianka Bell had 12 points and seven rebounds, but went just 3-for-20 from the floor, while Joanna Regan added 10 points and Tytravia Riley produced 10 points and 13 rebounds.