Dutchwomen defense dominant in win

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By Tommy Schaffer

After dropping three of their last four games, the women’s basketball looked to bounce back this weekend with Liberty League games against RPI and Bard.

The weekend got off to a slow start as the Dutchwomen struggled against RPI (7-5) Friday night in Troy. The engineers held them to just 23% shooting for the game, ultimately handing Union a 49-39 loss, the Dutchwomen’s seventh of the season. Rachel Beaulac’12 posted 11 boards while adding 5 points for Union. Brittney Kenney ’14 led the team with 8 points as well.

After the tough loss to our bitter rivals, Union looked to salvage the weekend and get a victory over Bard (1-11). The Dutchwomen did not disappoint as they rolled over Bard at the Viniar Center Saturday. Union took a 33-4 lead into the half and only allowed 10 points all game. This broke the school record of 22 previously held when they defeated New Paltz on Feb. 2, 1979.

Union’s defense kept Bard in check all game as they committed 24 turnovers and shot only 12%. Marissa Peck ‘14 led the Dutchwomen with 12 points and 3 blocks, Kristin Schmidt’14 had a team high 9 rebounds and Amy Loya dished out 5 assists. This victory gave the Dutchwomen their sixth victory, bringing them to 6-7 on the season and 2-3 in the Liberty League.

The Dutchwomen hope to carry the momentum from their dominant win into next weekend’s games.

They face Clarkson (5-6) on Friday and St. Lawrence (9-4) on Saturday. Clarkson has struggled against the Liberty League going 0-3 on the season so far, and Union will look to avoid being their first Liberty League win.

St. Lawrence, on the other hand, will be a real difficult game as they are undefeated in Liberty League play with a 5-0 record. St. Lawrence has already handed the Dutchwomen a defeat this season, so the Dutchwomen will look to salvage a split.

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