POTSDAM – The Vassar women’s basketball team improved their overall record to 12-6 and 7-4 in conference play with a 67-55 win at Clarkson on Saturday afternoon.
Ariella Rosenthal led the Brewer offense with 16 points and added seven rebounds, while shooting 4-8 from the floor. Nicole Teta chipped in 12 points off the bench to help the Brewer cause. Both Sophie Nick and Julia Roellke added eight points.
Vassar was 25-53 (47.2%) from the field and 7-13 (53.8%) from deep on the afternoon. Their defense was stifling against the Golden Knights, holding them to just 19-64 (29.7%) shooting from the floor and just 1-11 (9.1%) from beyond the arc.
The game stayed tight in the opening frame, but once Vassar took a 9-8 lead at the 5:06 mark they were off to the races. The Brewers ended the first quarter outscoring the Golden Knights, 16-4 to grab a 13-point lead. It was Kim Romanoff that gave
Vassar that initial lead and Roellke added a layup before the end of the frame.
The Brewers did more to help their cause in the second quarter, building a 17-point lead before halftime. Vassar’s defense held Clarkson to just six points over the 10-minute span.
Vassar came out strong in the third, putting up another 21 points to extend their lead to 22.
The Brewers had a 25-point lead on two separate occasions after Rosenthal’s layup and again after Romanoff’s layup at the 1:12 mark.
Clarkson put together their best effort in the fourth, outscoring Vassar 21-11 in the frame.
But with a substantial lead already in hand, the Brewers held on to their advantage.
The Brewers are back home for the first time in nearly a month this weekend, as they host Bard and Union on Friday and Saturday.