Women’s basketball looks to second half of season for league play


By Rachel Clarey

The Union Women’s Basketball team has been holding up well so far this season, sustaining a 9-6 record. Of the 15 games they have played so far, only seven have been league play. The second half of the Dutchwomen’s season will be very important, as just about all the games they play from here on out will be Liberty League matchups.

The Dutchwomen’s season began at the end of last term. The team traveled to West Hartford, Conn., to compete in a tournament hosted by the University of Saint Joseph.

In the opening round of play, Union defeated Western New England 76-58. Cailin Schmeer ’16 led the team with 23 points and, impressively, went 10-for-11 from the field. The Dutchwomen’s victory advanced them to the championship round where they played host University of Saint Joseph.

Union won the game 81-51, therefore winning the tournament. Kate Thompson ’15 and Schmeer both performed solidly — leading to Thompson being named to the All-Tournament Team and Schmeer being named Tournament MVP. Schmeer’s performance in the tournament also earned her Liberty League Women’s Basketball Performer of the Week and D3Hoops.com National Team of the Week honors.

Following Thanksgiving, the Dutchwomen traveled to Rochester to participate in a tournament hosted by St. John Fisher. After defeating Goucher 59-27 in their opening game, the Dutchwomen fell to host St. John Fisher in the final, losing 80-62. Jenni Barra ’18 performed well in the tournament, earning herself Liberty League Rookie of the Week honors. Thompson also performed well and was named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Dutchwomen were narrowly defeated by a tough Hamilton team on Dec. 3, in a game that came down to the final moments. Hamilton clinched their 54-52 win with a free throw in the last second of the game. Union’s Thompson had a great game, recording 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The team traveled to Massachusetts on Dec. 13, where they defeated Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, 59-34.

The Dutchwomen then played six games close to home — they played five games at Union, then traveled to RPI for the sixth.

Union defeated Utica 72-40 on Dec. 30, led by Barra who had 23 points. Next, the women took on Vassar, St. Lawrence, RPI and Bard in a string of Liberty League matchups, the team’s first league action of the season.

The Dutchwomen defeated Vassar, on Jan. 2, and Bard, on Jan. 10, by 72-68 and 56-47, respectively, but lost on Jan. 3 to St. Lawrence, 63-54, and RPI, 75-54, on Jan. 9.

In Union’s victory over Bard, Schmeer scored a career-high 26 points, leading the team to victory and earning herself a spot on the Liberty League Honor Roll.

Barra performed well in this series of games as well, leading the team in points in their games against St. Lawrence, Utica and Vassar. Based on her performances, she was named Corvias ECAC Division III Upstate Rookie of the Week and the Liberty League Rookie of the Week for a second time this season.

Next, the team took on SUNY Cobleskill, defeating them 84-44. Natalie Leone ’17 led the Dutchwomen with 13 points in the game.

Last weekend, the team traveled north to take on Liberty League opponents St. Lawrence and Clarkson. The Dutchwomen lost to St. Lawrence 68-59 and then were defeated by Clarkson 81-69. Against St. Lawrence, Leone and Thompson led the team in scoring in against St. Lawrence, with 13 points apiece. Barra led the team against Clarkson, scoring 17 points.

On Jan. 20, the Dutchwomen won against RIT in Liberty League play at the Viniar Athletic Center, defeating the Tigers with a close score of 58-56.

This weekend, the women’s basketball team takes on Skidmore and RPI. Both games are to be played at home and are Liberty League matchups.


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