Late first-half run gives Vassar victory in women's basketball over Knights
Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 9:56 pm

Potsdam, NY – Junior Cydni Matsuoka scored 20 points and at one point made seven straight shots to help lead Vassar College to a 63-36 victory over the Clarkson University Women’s Basketball team in Liberty League action Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Golden Knights remained winless in league play, falling to 0-4 in the Liberty League and 2-10 overall, while Vassar improved to 9-2 overall and 2-1 in the conference. Clarkson will take on its closest conference rival on Tuesday when it hosts St. Lawrence at 6:00 pm.

Both teams didn’t take good care of the ball in the early going, combining for 18 turnovers in the opening 12 minutes. Vassar endured a stretch of over six minutes without a point, but once Cydni Matsuoka hit a foul line field goal at the 6:52 mark, the Brewers took off with a 12-1 run over the course of four minutes. The Knights, however, never did get untracked and scored only five points over the last 11 minutes of the half as Vassar pulled away.

Freshman Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) scored seven points, but shot only 3-for-11 from the field, and added eight rebounds and three steals in the opening 20 minutes. Cydni Matsuoka started slow, but ended the half by making her final five field goal attempts en route to 15 points in the first half. Nyah Berg also chipped in 10 points, going 4-for-8 from the floor.

Vassar didn’t lose its edge in the second half, coming right out defensively to force turnovers and create easy opportunities. By the midway point of the half, the Brewers had put in plenty of their reserves, allowing 10 different players to record at least one point.

Ashley Loggins finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, including six offensive boards, to lead Clarkson. Jovanna Snead (Poughkeepsie, NY) and Isabella Esposito (Essex, VT) each added seven points for the Knights.

For Vassar, Matsuoka finished with a solid all-around game, scoring 20 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and two steals. Berg ended with 12 points and four assists while Caitlin Drakeley added eight points and five rebounds.