Rensselaer Defeats Clarkson; Now 5-1 in League

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POTSDAM, N.Y. – Four players reached double-figures in scoring, as the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) women's basketball team defeated Clarkson University, 62-47, this evening in Liberty League play. The Golden Knights fell to 9-4 overall and saw their mark evened at 2-2 in conference, while RPI improved to 9-6 and 5-1. 

Though Ashley Loggins scored the first basket of the game on a layup right after the tip, RPI controlled the first few minutes, capping off a 9-0 run in less than two minutes on a 3-pointer from Ashley Clough. A four-point play by Devin Sorell brought Clarkson back to within a single point midway through the half, but with just over five minutes to go in the first period, RPI went on another 9-0 run by utilizing the interior, and gained a 12-point lead, a margin that they would hold at intermission.

Loggins had a near double-double with nine points and seven boards in the first half, shooting 4-for-8 from the field, but the rest of the Knights struggled from the floor, going just 4-for-24 (16.7%). Rensselaer's Shaina Iton had 10 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals, while Ashley Cloughkicked in nine points and four rebounds in the first half.

In the second half, the teams traded points in the early going, but RPI's defense didn't stop its activity and continued to force Clarkson turnovers and create easy opportunities. The Engineers finished with 16 steals, forcing the Knights to turn the ball over 23 times, the second most this year, and Clarkson shot a season-low 30.8% overall (19-for-62) and just 8.3% (1-for-12) from beyond the 3-point line.

Loggins finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and four steals, while Brooke Butkovsky produced six points and eight boards. For RPI, Ashley Clough led the way with 16 points. Amanda Lynch produced 13 points and Courtney Reynolds and Shaina Iton each finished with 10. Lauren Young accumulated five steals.