Dutchwomen split thrillers in return home

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By Kaitlyn Beauregard

Union’s Women’s Basketball team returned home this weekend, for the first time since Jan. 5, to take on two Liberty League rivals and to attempt to maintain their position atop the league.

The Dutchwomen opened the weekend set against RPI and Vassar with a 4-1 Liberty League record and an overall record of 9-4.

Although it was not an easy task, the team was able to improve these records to 5-1 and 10-4, respectively, on Friday with a 61-58 overtime victory against the Engineers.

The Dutchwomen hosted another close game on Saturday, but fell to the Brewers 59-53 on Saturday afternoon, falling to a 4-2 league record and a 9-5 overall record, and relinquishing their solitary slot atop the Liberty League.

With their victory over the Dutchwomen on Saturday, the Brewers are now tied with the Union Dutchwomen for the top spot in the Liberty League.

The Union College women pulled off an overtime victory to close out a back and forth game against RPI on Friday when freshman Amy Loya scored a three pointer to give Union the lead and the eventual victory.

Although Saturday’s contest against Vassar  was also a close one, Union was never quite able to gain control of the game. Vassar struck first, and despite their best efforts, the Dutchwomen never managed to take the lead. For the majority of the game, the two teams fought a back and forth battle, with Union coming close, but falling just short. Senior forward Lauren McCormick posted eleven points and twelve rebounds, posting her fourth consecutive double-double and her sixth overall of the season. Also, freshman Marissa Ray had a career best fifteen points.

From the beginning of the game to the end, the Dutchwomen fought hard, and often came agonizingly close, but in the end the Brewers were able to keep control of the game and win themselves a first place tie atop the Liberty League standings.

The Dutchwomen will remain at home to host Liberty League foes William Smith College on Friday at 6 p.m., and Hamilton College the following afternoon at 2 p.m.

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