Potsdam, NY – Dueling 26-point efforts from Clarkson’s Carey Turner (Clifton Park, NY) and Vassar’s Brittany Parks ended with the Brewers defeating the Clarkson University Women’s Basketball team 69-63 Friday evening in the Liberty League conference opener for both teams at Alumni Gymnasium.
The Golden Knights dropped their fifth straight contest to fall to 3-8 overall and 0-1 in conference games. Vassar moved to 4-5 and 1-0.
After a slow start in which the Golden Knights found themselves down by a handful of baskets, Clarkson slowly clawed their way back into the contest and trailed by a single point, 22-21 late in the half. However, Vassar utilized a pair of 3-point plays from Brittany Parks to run off 10 straight points and finish the half up 32-21.
Parks finished with 16 points on 6-for-11 shooting for the Brewers and Tori Chaltain added in a near double-double in the first 20 minutes with 8 points and 9 rebounds. Lauren Pluchino (Liverpool, NY) led Clarkson with seven points, but the Knights struggled mightily from the field, shooting just 17.2 percent (5-for-29) from the field. They were able to stay in the game thanks to their free throw shooting, burying 10 attempts.
Sophomore Carey Turner began the first half with a pair of lay ups to pull the Knights back within seven points, however, a 10-2 run over the next four minutes by Vassar prompted a Clarkson timeout as the Clarkson trailed by 15 points, 42-27, with 15 minutes remaining in the game.
A change in strategy helped the Golden Knights get back into the game midway through the half, as Clarkson attacked the basket on every possession in hopes of drawing fouls and the accompanying free throws. The plan worked as the Knights pulled to within a five-point differential at 53-48. Vassar was quick to respond with jump shots, including a quick-triggered 3-pointer by Kristyn Tempora with four minutes remaining, returning the Brewers lead to double figures.
Though Clarkson would continue to come back in the contest, pulling to within four in the final minute, Vassar was able to make enough free throws to hold the Knights off for the victory.
Turner established a new career-high with 26 points for Clarkson, shooting 9-for-17 from the floor and a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. Pluchino added 16 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
For Vassar, Parks finished with 26, shooting 8-for-16 from the floor and 8-for-9 from the line. Tori Chaltain finished with a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds while Kristyn Tempora and Emily Haeuser each had 10 points.