Women’s basketball ends weekend on high note

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By Rachel Clarey

The Union Women’s Basketball team is coming off a stellar weekend of play. The Dutchwomen were victorious in two league games, bringing their league record to a respectable 9-5.

These two wins were a good momentum shift for the team after their close 54-51 loss to Sage that broke a previous four-game win streak.

The women played Clarkson on Friday, Feb. 13, and despite the unlucky superstition of the day, the Dutchwomen came out on top.

The next day, the Dutchwomen took on crosstown rivals Skidmore, defeating the Thoroughbreds by one point in overtime.

These two wins will help to motivate the team in their final two games of the regular season, to be played this weekend against RIT and William Smith, both league opponents.

In their first matchup of the weekend, the Dutchwomen dominated Clarkson, winning 72-55.

In the beginning of the first half, both teams played pretty evenly, but in the second half of the first the Dutchwomen went on a scoring run, securing a comfortable lead for themselves.

Cailin Schmeer ’16 led the team with 21 points, followed by Amy Fisher ’16 with 16 points, Kate Thompson ’15 with 12 points and Natalie Leone ’17 with 11 points.

Their second game of the weekend against Skidmore proved to be very exciting.

Both teams fought hard and the lead bounced back and forth between the two throughout the game.

With 10 seconds left in regular play, the Dutchwomen led 52-49. Then, Skidmore’s Kelly Donnelly scored a three-pointer to tie up the game and force overtime.

Skidmore seemed as if they might come out on top, as they had a five-point lead throughout most of the overtime. However, the heroics of Fisher led the team to victory; she got two three-pointers within the last minute of play, which brought the final score to 60-59 in the Dutchwomen’s favor.

Fisher led the team in points with 16. She was followed by Jenni Barra ’18 with 12 points, Schmeer with 11 points and Erin Lyons ’17 with 10 points.

These past two games have been especially important for the Dutchwomen’s postseason prospects, as the four top teams in the league will go on to the postseason, and their victories this past weekend brought them into a tie for fourth place with RPI.

Winning their next two games this weekend will only further their chances of advancement.

The Dutchwomen have previously defeated both teams they are playing this weekend.

After a decent beginning to their season and a midseason slump, the team is peaking at just the right time.

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