Geneva, NY – A strong defensive effort in the first half allowed the Clarkson University Women’s Basketball team to stick close to William Smith, but the Herons second-chance opportunities combined with Golden Knight turnovers allowed the hosts to step away with a 60-48 Liberty League victory Friday night.
The Golden Knights fell to 4-19 overall and 2-13 in the Liberty League, while William Smith improved to 15-9 overall and 9-6 in conference games. Clarkson closes out the regular season on Saturday against RIT.
The Golden Knights held William Smith to just 22.2% shooting (10-for-45) in the first half, but the Herons were able to control the pace of the game thanks to an incredible 20 offensive rebounds in the first half. The two teams went back and forth in the first half with neither team enjoying more than a four-point advantage. Clarkson had a modest lead at the end of the first period, but a last-second shot knotted the game at 24-24 at the break.
The game was tied for a seventh time early in the second half, but the Herons, armed with a higher shooting percentage in the second half, slowly pulled away. Clarkson was within seven points with less than five minutes to go, but a 8-0 run over the course of just one minutes turned the tides quickly and allowed the Herons to cruise down the stretch to the win.
Sophomore Leighann Tomita (Cerritos, CA) finished with a team-best 15 points, shooting 6-for-14 from the field in 38 minutes, while Ashley Loggins (Albany, NY) added 13 points, six rebounds, and four assists. Freshman Colleen Daley (Orchard Park, NY) was strong on the defensive end with six blocks, moving her season total to 50, the second-highest total in Clarkson program history. For William Smith, Chloe Hayter had 190 points and 10 rebounds, while Sasha Borenstein added 15 points off the bench.