Strong second half leads RPI women's basketbal past Clarkson 60-52
Potsdam, NY - Junior Brooke Butkovsky (Monroe, CT) produced a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 25 minutes of action, but it wasn't enough as the Clarkson University Women's Basketball team dropped a 60-52 decision to Rensselaer on Fridady evening at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights fell to 8-10 overall and 3-7 in the Liberty League, while Rensselaer improved to 6-14 overall and 4-7 in conference games, sweeping the season series. Clarkson will take on Union College on Saturday afternoon.The first half was played quite evenly, with each team having small advantages in certain categories and deficiencies in others. RPI had a small advantage in the first half, but it was Clarkson that led through the majority of the first 20 minutes, extending its lead to as many as seven points (27-20) late in the period (6:18 remaining). The Engineers chipped away down the stretch to enter the locker room down by just two.
The Engineers regained the lead in the first minute of the second half and pushed out to a five point advantage as Clarkson endured some difficulties in its first few possessions. However, the Knights rallied back to take a 39-38 advantage at the 15:03 mark on a Stephanie Grobe (White River Junction, VT) layup. That was the last time Clarkson would lead, though, as RPI went on a 11-2 run in the next five minutes and then extended its lead to double figures down the stretch. An Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) put back with 1:30 remaining gave Clarkson hope, as the Knights were down just 58-51 at that point, but the Engineers burned clock to hold off the Green and Gold's late charge.
Butkovsky shot 6-for-8 from the floor for her team-high 12 points, but the rest of the team was only 15-for-57 (26.3%) for the game and only 6-for-27 in the second half. Grobe added in nine points and five boards and Loggins had eight points and six rebounds.
RPI had four players in double figures, led by Zysnia Osepa, who had 13 points in 13 minutes off the bench. Ashley Clough added a double-double with 12 points and 12 boards and Courtney Reynolds kicked in 13 points as well as four steals. Amanda Lynch also tossed in 10 points to go along with her seven rebounds.