Women’s basketball finishes 2-1 on week

Engineers nearly extend win streak to seven, narrowly edged by William Smith College

The Engineers started off with a victory against Vassar College. After four scoreless minutes, RPI took the lead with six straight points. Vassar then went on an 11-2 run over the course of the next seven minutes only to see RPI retake the lead quickly. Despite late three pointers by Vassar, a free throw and a layup by sophomore Kelly Piotrowski gave the Engineers the 22-19 lead at the break.

The second half started well for RPI and over the first 12 minutes it extended its lead to 15 points. However, Vassar responded and slowly but surely cut down the engineered lead. With only 1:21 left to play, RPI only had a 59-56 lead. RPI closed the game out with four free throws by RPI freshman Jen Rock and two by freshman Bailei Tetrault. Senior Sarah Wetmore finished with 19 points as she led the Engineers to the 65-59 victory.

The Engineers then got their sixth win in a row against the Rochester Institute of Technology thanks to a 21-point effort by Wetmore and a 16-point, 10-rebound performance by senior Hillary McKinley. RPI started off great, creating a 8-2 lead in the first four minutes and 20 seconds. Halfway through the period, RPI had control of the game as it held a 14-point lead. The Engineers continued to play exceptionally well with the score 34-13 at the peak of their lead. However, a late run by RIT forced RPI to settle with a 34-18 halftime advantage.

After the intermission, RPI was still playing excellent and it almost immediately restored its 20-point advantage. In complete control, RPI’s lead hit 26 points multiple times, while several players got playing time and points. RIT reduced the lead to 14 points later, but RPI closed the game out with the 75-56 advantage on its way to the win.

Despite a game high 20 points from Wetmore, RPI was unable to extend its win streak to seven games as it dropped the third of the three games to William Smith College. The first portion of the game was very even, with both teams scoring and making stops. However, later into the half, RPI started shooting the ball poorly compared to its opponents. William Smith got on a roll and jumped out to a 12-point lead with four minutes left in the half. RPI fought back and reduced the deficit to only five as time expired in the half.

William Smith continued to play excellent defense during the second half and RPI would finish shooting below 30 percent on the night. However, RPI still started strong, getting the lead quickly into the period. The Engineers’ greatest lead was six points with 14:10 remaining. William Smith came storming back and retook the lead seven minutes later. RPI would continue to trail but stayed close the whole game. With a minute remaining a three point play by Wetmore tied the game at 58. After two William Smith free throws, RPI had a chance to win it. Unfortunately for the Engineers, Wetmore was unable to complete the comeback and the game finished William Smith 60 , RPI 58.

Now 15-8 overall and 9-5 in the Liberty League, the Engineers head into their next games at Skidmore College this Friday at 6 pm, and against Clarkson University in the season finale at the East Campus Arena on Saturday at 2 pm, with their eyes on the Liberty League Tournament which begins February 24.