Women’s basketball making their playoff push

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By Nicole Merigliano

The women’s basketball team has four games remaining in their 2012-2013 regular season, all of which are Liberty League games.  The Dutchwomen are 2-1 in their last three games, which includes an upset victory against No. 1 St. Lawrence on Jan. 25, and a decisive win against RIT on Jan. 29.

The victory against St. Lawrence came from a shot from Kelsey McDonald ‘14 with only nine seconds left in overtime.  This victory for the Dutchwomen gave the St. Lawrence Saints their first loss in seven league games.  McDonald finished with 14 points on the night, while teammates Kristin Schmidt ‘14 had 12 points and Cailin Schmeer ‘16 had 11 points with six rebounds.

In between St. Lawrence and RIT victories, the Dutchwomen suffered a loss to No. 2 Skidmore, with a score of 50-37.  Schmidt led the team with eight points, while Kate Thompson ‘15 had 10 rebounds, four points, two assists and two blocks.  Shayla Madden ‘13 had eight rebounds, four points and three assists.

The Dutchwomen’s last outing was their victory against RIT on Jan. 29, since the Dutchwomen remained idle in game play this past weekend.  Brittney Kenney ‘14 had her second double double of the season, with 13 points and 10 rebounds, along with seven assists.  McDonald had 14 points and seven rebounds, as well as dishing out six assists.  Madden was the third Dutchwomen with double-digit points: she had 11 on the night, along with five rebounds.

Looking forward, the Dutchwomen conclude their season with three road games against Clarkson, St. Lawrence and RPI, followed by the final game against Vassar.  Clarkson is currently eighth in the Liberty League standings, with only one win in the league thus far.  St. Lawrence still secures the No. 1 spot; however, the Dutchwomen have already given St. Lawrence their first league loss in their last meeting.  RPI is currently one spot below Union in the standings, at No. 6.  Lastly, as Union’s final opponent of the season, Vassar trails behind St. Lawrence and Skidmore in the No. 3 spot.

The Dutchwomen currently hold the fifth place spot, therefore they are right on the verge of playoff potential, since the top four teams secure playoff spots.  If they can transition into one of the top four spots in the league and finish the regular season there, they will be a force to be reckoned with heading into the post-season.  I will not be surprised if the Dutchwomen players give everything they have to these last four games in order to have a chance at the Liberty League championships, which take place at the end of February.

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