Potsdam, NY – With full-court pressure employed in the early going, William Smith was able to build an early lead over the Clarkson University Women’s Basketball team, and the Herons never looked back as the Golden Knights fell 74-58 in Liberty League action Saturday afternoon at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights dropped to 2-13 overall and 0-7 in the Liberty League, while William Smith evened its mark at 3-3 in conference games and 9-6 overall. Clarkson next takes to the road to face Skidmore College on Tuesday.
William Smith utilized a full-court press and put immense pressure on the Knights in the early going and raced out to a 14-0 lead. The Herons forced four turnovers in the first 1:43, providing easy baskets and setting a pace that would continue throughout the half. Back-to-back three-point field goals from Jovanna Snead (Poughkeepsie, NY), with the first coming at the 14:40 mark, got the Knights on the scoreboard and back within eight, but the Herons continued to have little trouble on offense. After taking the extensive press off, the Herons settled into a half-court offense and made half of their 3-point field goal attempts, squashing any runs that Clarkson put forth.
Once the pressure was off, the Knights didn’t make many mistakes with the ball, turning the ball over only four times in the final 18 minutes of the half. However, Clarkson didn’t get many extra chances at the basket, a positive for the Knights throughout the season, as they were limited to just one offensive rebounds. Freshman Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) led Clarkson with 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting, and added in five rebounds to lead Clarkson. For William Smith, Sasha Borenstein buried four 3-pointers for a team-best 12 points. Nine different players scored for the Herons in the first half.
In the second half, the Herons didn’t shot as well from the floor, making just seven shots in 23 attempts, and the offensive hiccups allowed Clarkson to crawl back within striking distance late. However, William Smith made the shots when they mattered, including a 3-pointer from Sasha Borenstein that ended a Clarkson run and ended any hope of a miracle comeback.
Loggins finished with a season-high 27 points, shooting 12-for-15 from the floor, to go along with 11 rebounds, while Snead concluded the game with 15 points, making four 3-pointers. Borenstein had a team-best 18 points, all on 3-pointers, for William Smith. Chloe Hayter tossed in 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Ali Pliszka scored 10 points in just 17 minutes coming off the bench.