By Meghan Creane
With a current record of 10-6 the Union Women’s Basketball team has been having a great season, highlighted by passion and drive that is characteristic of the team. Winter break proved to be a solid run for the Dutchwomen, winning eight of the 11 games. This season has been electrified by the great rebound and scoring work of Kate Thompson ‘15, who leads the team in both categories. Despite the amazing individual work of Thompson, the entire team has been combining for some great play on the court, putting up an average of 59.2 points per game and an equally impressive .669 free throw percentage.
As Kristin Schmidt ‘14 raves, “Our team is excited for the remaining weeks of the season. We are in the heart of league play and every game from here on out is a dog fight.”
This past weekend proved to be just that as the Dutchwomen travelled to Bard and Vassar and broke even with a crushing 48-29 defeat of Bard and a well fought 58-65 loss to Vassar.
What ended up as a definitive win against Bard did not start out as one in the first half. The impressive 13-0 run at the end of the first half sealed the deal for the Dutchwomen who followed up with solid defensive play in the second half to which the @UCWBasketball twitter responded “Insert the fat lady here…cause it’s over.”
The loss to Vassar was a tough one for the Dutchwomen who held the lead in the first half of the game. Shayla Madden ‘13 and Thompson combined to make a threatening duo against Vassar at the beginning of the matchup, however by the end of the first half Union’s fire was beginning to fade, going 3-22 at the end of the half.
Union managed to battle back bringing the game to a 56-56 tie, but sophomore forward Colleen O’Connell of Vassar hit two consecutive jumpers giving Vassar the lead and then ultimately the win.
Despite the tough loss this weekend, according to Schmidt the team plans to “keep working hard and finish the season strong and hopefully our heart and determination will earn us a bid to the league tournament,” a goal that is completely reachable for a team with such passion and such a great bond.
Come out and support the Dutchwomen as they host both William Smith College and Saint Lawrence University this week.