BRUNSWICK, Maine - Already shorthanded due to injuries in the first half of the season, the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team opened up the second half of the 2012-13 campaign by suiting up just six freshmen against Bowdoin College.
It was enough in the early going, but the Polar Bears depth and experience proved too much as the Golden Knights ended up on the short side of a 66-35 decision Saturday afternoon at the Bowdoin Holiday Invitational.
The Golden Knights fell to 2-5 overall while the Polar Bears evened their mark at 4-4. Clarkson will await the results of the second game of the tournament to find out who its opponent will be on Sunday.
Both teams got off to slow starts in the opening minutes, but the Polar Bears were especially anemic offensively, scoring just a single basket in the first 10 minutes as Clarkson enjoyed a six-point advantage midway through the first half.
A 3-pointer by the Polar Bears sparked a 9-0 run in just two minutes to give Bowdoin the lead and the home team never looked back. The Polar Bears hit five 3-pointers in a 21-4 run over the course of seven minutes to take a double-digit lead, and only four points in the final three minutes brought Clarkson back to within seven points at the break, 23-16.
With a lonely bench, the Knights sought answers but were unable to find the right combination as Bowdoin rediscovered its offensive abilities to the tune of 43 points in the second half. Clarkson trailed by 20 points late in the second half, and the game got out of hand in the final five minutes as the Knights were held scoreless in that stretch.
Freshman Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) scored a team-high 19 points for the Knights, also adding in 11 rebounds. Classmate Colleen Daley (Orchard Park, NY) shot 4-for-7 from the field and had nine points and eight rebounds. For the Polar Bears, Kaitlin Donahue scored 20 points and Kirsten Prue chipped in 17 points.