Knights win second straight with great second half

Potsdam, NY – Freshmen lauryn withrow and Cassidy Dumont combined for 30 points coming off the bench to help lift the Clarkson University women’s basketball team to a win from behind over RIT 63-52 in Liberty League action Saturday afternoon at the Alumni Gymnasium.

The Golden Knights improved to 4-12 and 3-7 in the Liberty League while the Tigers fell to 7-7 and 4-5 in league play. Clarkson continues their home game streak next weekend by hosting Bard College and Vassar College.

Things didn’t start well for the Knights as RIT scored the first nine points of the competition in less than two minutes. Clarkson’s attack only began Ruthie Nolan drove home a 3-pointer at 6:25, but that didn’t do much to hold off the Tigers’ offense. RIT continued their run and led 17-5 when Sydney Pearson converted into the lane at 3:40. The Knights scored the final seven points of the quarter to shoot within five, but RIT started the second with a 6-0 run to bring the margin back to double digits.

Towards the middle of the second quarter, Lauren Bell scored five straight points to tie the game, but RIT didn’t let go of their grip in the first half, as Emma Waite hit a 3-pointer and put the Tigers by three at the break.

The second half was another story for both teams. Clarkson started the third quarter on a 10-0 run, capped by a Mariah Benavides lay-up and free throw at 5:04. The Tigers finally broke the second-half ice on the next possession, but only Emma Waite got much in the way of shooting, scoring six of RIT’s seven points in the period.

In the fourth, the Tigers recovered within striking distance, cutting the deficit to just one when Emma Waite hit a 3-pointer with 1:48 left, but lauryn withrow buried a 3-pointer on Clarkson’s next possession to bring the margin down to two possessions. RIT’s shots in the final 90 seconds would fall, as Clarkson pulled away late through free throws.

Withrow finished with 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting from the floor and the line, while adding eight rebounds and four assists. Dumont was 5-for-13 from the floor for 14 points while the two Elaine Porter and Mariah Benavides had 11 points.

For RIT, Alyssa Juergens scored 19 points on 8-for-17 shooting while recording 13 rebounds. Waite had 19 points and Sarah Henretta scored 10 points while grabbing 12 boards and delivering five assists.

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