DUBUQUE, Iowa - The Ashford women's basketball headed back on the road on Saturday, falling in an MCC tilt against Clarke, 73-64
Ashford was paced by freshman Quinn Rear's career-high 24 points, but the Crusaders used a 63.6% (14-for-22) shooting second half to down the Saints.
Rear was joined in double-digits by fellow freshman Madison Wagner and junior Courtney Panus, who finished with 15 and 10 points, respectively.
The Saints got off to a fast start, jumping out to an early 9-2 lead after the first of Rear's five three-pointers fell with 17:49 to go in the first half.
Ashford would hold the a 21-14 lead after a pair of free throws from Wagner with 12:45 left in the opening stanza, but the Crusaders would rattle off a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the ball game with 8:50 to go after a pair of free throws from Cassie Carlson.
The teams would then trade buckets leading up to the half, but Clarke would seize the lead for good after a three-point play from Brittany Collier right before the intermission to take a 32-29 advantage.
With Clarke leading 35-33 early in the second half, the Crusaders would go on a 9-0 run to push their lead to 44-33 with 14:26 to go in the ball game. That run proved to be the difference, as the Saints would not be able to close the gap the rest of the way.
Five Crusaders finished the game with double-digits, led by Anna Hahn's game-high 26 points.
Ashford falls to 9-16 on the season with a 5-9 record in the MCC. Clarke improves to 6-19 on the year, 3-11 in conference play.
The Saints will resume play next week when they continue their current three-game road trip against Viterbo on Wednesday. The V-Hawks took the season's first matchup back on Jan. 11, 53-40.
Tip-off from LaCrosse, Wis. is set for 5:30 Wednesday night.