Potsdam, NY – Despite 25 points and 11 rebounds from freshman Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY), the Clarkson University Women’s Basketball team couldn’t maintain the pace of visiting Rochester Institute of Technology, and fell 60-49 in Liberty League action Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights dropped to 2-12 overall and 0-6 in the Liberty League, while RIT won its first conference game of the year to improve to 4-9 overall and 1-4 in league contests. Clarkson takes on William Smith on Saturday afternoon.
In the opening 20 minutes, neither team took care of the ball particularly well, with RIT forcing turnovers due to a full-court press and the Knights creating miscues with active hands in the passing lanes. The two teams combined for 26 turnovers, but still were able to put points on the board with a solid performance shooting from the field. The Tigers shot 11-for-19 from the field (57.1%), while Clarkson was just 8-for-21 (38.1%), but utilized six offensive rebounds for extra chances at the rim.
The Tigers led throughout, but the game was close up until midway through the half. RIT was able to extend its lead late in the half with a strong effort from beyond the 3-point arc, making five of its first eight shots from distance, and went into the locker room with a 10-point edge, 32-22.
Freshman Ashley Loggins led all players with 16 points, going 6-for-8 from the field. The Tigers had three different players with six points and two more with five points for a balanced scoring sheet.
In the second half, neither team shot particularly well, especially from the outside. The Knights made just one shot from outside, but made it to the line 16 times, making 10, to make up for the deficiency. RIT also cooled from the outside, but started getting second chance opportunities with 10 offensive rebounds. The Tigers maintained their double-figure advantage throughout the half, and finished with an 11-point edge.
Loggins finished shooting 10-for-14 from the field and added three steals. Leighann Tomita (Cerritos, CA), back from a leg injury, added nine points and three steals off the bench. For RIT, Leslie Havens had 16 points and six rebounds and Courtney Tennant added 14 points and eight boards.