Troy, NY - A second half run saw Rensselaer outscore the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team 18-4 and that stretch proved to be enough as the Golden Knights fell 58-51 to the Engineers Saturday afternoon in Liberty League action.
The Golden Knights fell to 2-8 overall and 0-2 in conference games while Rensselaer evened its conference mark at 1-1 and moved to 7-4 on the season. Clarkson will host Bard College and Vassar College next weekend.
While the second half run provided Rensselaer with a good-sized cushion, the first half was the complete opposite. Clarkson held a four-point lead on two occasions late in the first half, but that was the largest advantage that either team would enjoy in the first 20 minutes. Rensselaer finished with a one-point lead at the half, but the two teams certainly found different ways to get to their totals. Clarkson outrebounded the Engineers by a margin of seven, but RPI committed only four turnovers to Clarkson's 11. RPI also shot 18 3-point field goals, making four of them, while the Knights didn't make any of their three 3-pointers.
It wasn't until six minutes had passed that Rensselaer separated from the Knights. Leading by just a single point, RPI went on a 18-4 run in less than seven minutes to take a 49-34 lead at the 7:50 mark. Clarkson was far from finished, however, as the Knights pulled to within single figures following a 3-pointer from Jovanna Snead (Poughkeepsie, NY) with less than three minutes to go. Two more free throws got Clarkson back within six, but down the stretch the Engineers made enough freebies to keep the Knights at a safe distance.
Freshman Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) came through with another double-double for the Golden Knights, scoring a season-high 26 points to go along with 18 rebounds, including six offensive boards. Classmate Melissa Bogart (Voorheesville, NY) added six points and nine rebounds and another freshman, Isabella Esposito (Essex, VT), contributed eight points and seven boards.
The Engineers were led by Sarah Wetmore, who scored 19 points and had three steals. Kelly Piotrowski added 11 points and Amanda Lynch grabbed 10 rebounds.