Slow start dooms Knights' women's basketball against Union
Friday, February 8, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Potsdam, NY - Fourteen different players scored, with none finishing in double figures, for Union College as the Dutchwomen hit better than 50 percent of their shots in the first half to defeat the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team 62-39 in Liberty League action Friday night at Alumni Gymnasium.

The Golden Knights fell to 3-17 overall and 1-11 in the Liberty League, while Union improved to 13-8 overall and 8-5 in conference play. Clarkson will take on Rensselaer on Saturday afternoon, while the Dutchwomen travel to face St. Lawrence.

The Golden Knights took decent care of the ball in the first half, committing eight turnovers, but they could not convert from the field when they had open shots, shooting just 3-for-24 from the floor. With just two offensive rebounds, secondary opportunities were limited and Union took advantage of its chances, burying 16 shots among its 30 attempts. The Dutchwomen also had eight offensive rebounds for second chances. Sixteen different players saw time in the first half for Union, but none had more than six points, led by Kate Thompson, who was a perfect 3-for-3 from the field coming off the bench.

In the second half, Union pushed its lead into the mid-30s halfway through the period, but Clarkson started to make some shots from the perimeter and actually outscored the Dutchwomen in the final 20 minutes (30-26). Leighann Tomita (Cerritos, CA) finished with a game-high 12 points in 38 minutes, while Isabella Esposito (Essex, VT) added eight points for the Knights. For Union, three different players scored eight points, including Thompson, Brittney Kenney, and Carolyn Niedzwiecki.