Women’s Basketball: Dutchwomen fall short in semis

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By Tommy Schaffer

This past Friday, the Union  Women’s Basketball team faced St. Lawrence in the Liberty League semifinal game.

The Dutchwomen were looking to pull the upset on the Saints, who have been undefeated in League play all season (16-0).

In the previous two games these two teams played, the Saints defeated the Dutchwomen. The Dutchwomen showed a great effort when playing at St. Lawrence earlier in the season, as they had only lost by two points.

Union was hoping to overcome their regular season losses to the Saints and advance to the finals.

Going into the half, the Saints came out flat, shooting only 26 percent from the field. The Dutchwomen struggled a bit as well, as they couldn’t get it done at the free throw line, going seven of 14. As the buzzer sounded to end the half, St. Lawrence held a slim 28-27 lead over Union.

Kate Thompson ‘15 gave the Dutchwomen a 31-30 lead within the first two minutes of the second half. The Saints came back with a 7-0 run, taking a 37-31 advantage with 15:57 left in the game.

Union regained the lead, 51-50, going on a 12-6 run in a span of four and a half minutes, ending with a three pointer from Kelsey McDonald ‘14.

Union got their lead up to three points with less than three minutes left in the game. Unfortunately, they lost the lead with 1:19 left in the game by the score of 56-55.

After trading possessions, the Dutchwomen had one last chance to regain the lead with 13 seconds left in the game following a St. Lawrence missed free throw.

The Dutchwomen moved the ball underneath the basket, but could not convert and lost the ball with 0.8 seconds left. St. Lawrence escaped a close, hard fought game against Union, winning 56-55.

Thompson led the Dutchwomen in scoring that night with 10 points. This marked the fourth straight game the freshman scored double digits. Senior Mary Donohue added nine points, and Kristin Schmidt ‘14 grabbed a career high 11 rebounds.

This marked the second year in a row the Dutchwomen lost in the semifinal of the Liberty League playoffs. With that said, both years were against the top teams of the conference, this year’s being the number one seed as well as undefeated in the league.

St. Lawrence went on to play Vassar in the Championship game. Vassar edged out the Saints 79-75 on Saturday, winning the Liberty League title and advancing to the NCAA tournament.

While a playoff win would have been nice, Union did receive some postseason recognition. Both Brittney Kenney ‘14 and Shayla Madden ‘13 were selected to the Liberty League All-Star team. Kenney was awarded Second Team honors, and Madden received an Honorable Mention.

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