Senior sendoff: Basketball dominates final games

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By Meghan Creane

This Saturday marked the final game for both the Union Dutchmen and Dutchwomen, and it was clear that neiher team was planning to leave the court on a losing note.

At 2 p.m. the Dutchwomen hit the court buzzing with anticipation and with emotions running high, especially for the seven seniors who played their final game for Union.

Seniors Madeline Granato, Nora Swidler, Amy Loya, Kristin Schmidt, Brittney Kenney, Kelsey McDonald and Kim Derosier were each celebrated by the team and all their fans as they were led onto the court arm-in-arm with their parents and families. While each celebration was loud and rowdy, it was hard not to notice the giant heads of McDonald and Loya held up by their adoring fan bases and the dedicated set of senior boys donning bright pink shirts and signs in support of their favorite Duchwomen.

After the ceremonies, it was business as usual for the Dutchwomen, who gained momentum with each passing minute of the game. The seniors were the stars of the show on Saturday, with a game high 12 rebounds and seven points for Kenney, McDonald scored 16 and Loya 14. The Dutchwomen pulled down 41 of 76 rebounds during the game and shot 50 percent overall. With the most impressive feat being the 19 to two run late in the first half, there is no question that this 80-67 victory over the RPI Engineers was well-deserved.

Though the men’s team had few seniors to honor, since the team is currently mostly underclassmen, emotions were high on Saturday night. Keith Callies ’14 and Brian DeBisschop ’14 were at the center of pre-game ceremonies, joined by parents and coaches on the court for a well-deserved recognition of four years of dedication to Dutchmen basketball.

The Dutchmen overpowered RPI with a score of 97-89, led by a team high 23 points from Terrell Winney ’15, the only captain that will not be graduating this year. William Hython ’17 recorded his seventh double-double in the Dutchmen victory and contined to prove that, long after this year’s seniors are gone, he will easily step into a leadership role for the Dutchmen.

Callies and DeBisschop both played their usual dominant games, with Callies tallying seven boards during the night.

The nail-biting ending to the game was fitting for the passionate play put forth by both sides during the finale to a great season. The game came down to some well-shot free throws at the end of the second half. With RPI knocking down two free throws in the final 30 seconds, the final three of the game made by Union proved to be necessary in order to close out both the game and the season.

The Dutchwomen and Duchmen finished their seasons at 16-9 and 10-14. All nine seniors should be very proud.

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