Women’s basketball looks to improve record

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The women’s basketball team has broken even so far this season, currently boasting an overall record of 8-8. The Dutchwomen started their season off strong, winning their first two games.

Their season began at Hartwick on Nov. 15; the team won this matchup by a score of 64-48. They continued their early winning streak with a victory at home the next weekend over Gallaudet; the final score was 66-34.

Union’s Juliauna Dunlop ’20 dribbles the ball around an opponent during a women’s basketball game. The Dutchwomen have generally split their wins and losses this season, currently boasting a record of 8-8. Courtesy of Union Athletics
Union’s Juliauna Dunlop ’20 dribbles the ball around an opponent during a women’s basketball game. The Dutchwomen have generally split their wins and losses this season, currently boasting a record of 8-8. Courtesy of Union Athletics

This two-game streak was followed by three consecutive losses at the hands of St. John Fisher, Hamilton and Pine Manor.

After these three losses, the Dutchwomen have generally been splitting their games evenly between wins and losses.

The team was victorious over Utica on Dec. 5, but then lost to Sage in a close game that ended with 54-52 as the final score. Then, the Dutchwomen had another two-game winning streak marked by victories over Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and St. Lawrence; this was followed by a two-game losing streak with losses handed out by conference rivals Vassar and Skidmore.

The team followed these losses with a home win on Jan. 7 over Clarkson. Three days later, the team dropped a game to William Smith, continuing their seesawing season. This loss, however, was followed by a third two-game winning streak; the Dutchwomen defeated Bard and RPI by scores of 69-24 and 48-40, respectively.

Last weekend, the Dutchwomen traveled to take on Clarkson and St. Lawrence, two teams the Dutchwomen have already faced. The team was defeated by Clarkson after winning the two teams’ earlier matchup, but were able to pull out a win against St. Lawrence, their second victory over the Saints this season.

Standouts for the Dutchwomen in the Clarkson game were Sophie Borg ’19, who led the team with three free throws, and Jenni Barra ’18, who lead the team with 19 points and seven field goals in the game.

The team dominated St. Lawrence as Erin Lyons ’17 and Borg both scored a total of 13 points in the game. Nicole Conley ’19 also added to the team’s success with a total of 12 points and five field goals.

Lyons is leading the team in points so far this season with a total of 191 points so far, while Conley, Barra, and Borg follow closely behind with 167, 140 and 110 points, respectively.

These four Dutchwomen also lead the team in total field goals: Lyons has 73, Conley has 62, Barra has 49 and Borg has 41.

Although the team has had its and ups and downs so far this season, they have seven games left in their regular season, four of which are at home, and plenty of opportunity to improve their record.

The Dutchwomen will travel to Vassar on Friday to take on the Brewers for the second time this season.

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