POTSDAM - The Vassar College women’s basketball team finished its 2013-14 regular season with a 66-60 victory over Liberty League foe Clarkson University Saturday from Alumni Gymnasium.
With the victory, the Brewers (20-5, 13-3 Liberty League) seized the No. 2 seed in the upcoming Liberty League Tournament, and will host No. 3 William Smith College Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. in the Athletics and Fitness Center (AFC).
Saturday’s victory also was Vassar’s 20th of the year, which marked the second straight season that VC has gotten to that threshold. The win didn’t come easy though, as the Golden Knights (9-15, 4-12 Liberty League) looked to send their seniors out with a win.
The Brewers jumped out early on, holding as much as an 13-point bulge with 12:01 left in the first half after a Nyah Berg layup. The VC advantage hovered around double-figures for the rest of the half, with the Brewers taking a 34-24 edge into halftime.
The Golden Knights trimmed the lead to a single possession for the first time of the game with 9:48 to play after a successful jumper from Alyssia Marsal. The Brewers went on a subsequent 8-2 run to retake a nine-point edge with 6:52 to go.
Refusing to go away, Clarkson trimmed the Vassar lead to two with 3:24 on the clock, but four straight points from the visitors made the lead six. With 20 seconds to go, CU had a chance to tie the game with a three, but turned the ball over before getting a shot off. VC iced the game from the line thanks to four freebies from senior Cydni Matsuoka.
Matsuoka played her final regular season Saturday, and did so in style, scoring 27 points on 8-of-15 shooting, making all 10 of her free-throws. Berg added 10 points off the bench, and Caitlin Drakeley added 11 points.
Sophomore Rose Serafini played 23 minutes as a reserve, scoring six points, grabbing seven rebounds and three steals. Vassar shot 40.7 percent (22-54) from the floor, and knocked down 20 of its 24 free throw attempts (83.3 percent).
Clarkson got a team-high 12 points from Stephanie Grobe, as all Golden Knights that played scored at least three points. CU was 24-of-57 (42.1 percent) from the floor, and was barely edged on the boards by Vassar, 36-34.