By Meghan Creane
The Union Women’s Basketball team, currently 11-5, is rapidly approaching the final third of their season. According to Kate Thompson ’15, “this last third is all about heart, whichever team wants it more is going to come out on top.”
Kelsey McDonald ’14 says, “the coaching staff has been focusing on execution and playing together, as a team.”
The Dutchwomen came out strong against an undefeated William Smith College by a staggering 21 points! The highlight of this contest was the exceptional defense played by the Dutchwomen and led by Thompson, Amy Loya ’14 and Cailin Schmeer ’16. The defense held William Smith to only 61 points, setting the standard of tough and smart defense for both the entire game and the rest of the season.
Marking an impressive 81 points of their own, the Dutchwomen’s offensive was incredibly effective, dominated by Brittney Kenney ’14 who tallied a season-high 19 points.
Thompson recalls, “She shot with no hesitation and it went in every time. She has perfect form.” Thompson also put together an impressive offensive performance with 10 points and six rebounds accompanied by McDonald’s nine points, seven assists and six boards.
The phenomenal performance by the Dutchwomen against William Smith lends itself to the notion that this weekends 56-61 loss to Rensselear Polytechnic Institute was a mere fluke, as despite the loss the performances were strong.
Thompson led the team with 10 points and 10 rebounds, tallying her second double of the season. McDonald scored the team high of 12 points with Schmeer and Loya playing impressive defense yet again.
Thompson notes, “it is always a challenge playing RPI at RPI and we managed to battle back from a very large deficit but couldn’t quite beat them.”
While the Dutchwomen faced a disappointing loss this weekend, it is clear that they are moving in the right direction this season.
With an 11-5 record they still have a fighting chance in playoff territory, especially with leaders like Kenney, Thompson, McDonald, Loya and Schmeer both offensively and defensively.
To add to their success, the Dutchwomen have had several members on the Liberty League Honor Roll including Thompson, Schmeer and McDonald, proving their efforts and hard work are not only reserved for the court.
Loya was also recognized by the Liberty League as Preformer of the Week during the first week of Decemeber.
Judging by their record, individual preformances and academic achievements it is clear that the Dutchwomen are not going to settle for anything less than victory in the upcoming games.
Up next for these dedicated women are games against Saint Lawrence University and Clarkson University this upcoming weekend, followed by Rochester Institute of Technology and Bard College after that.
Be sure to head over to the field house and check out the Dutchwomen in their exciting upcoming games.