PSS: women’s basketball holds off union

SENIOR CAPTAIN GUARD ZYSNIA OSEPA POWERS past a Union player. On the final evening in January, Rensselaer’s women’s basketball team hosted rival Union College in a Liberty League showdown. The game was tight early on, with the two teams trading baskets. But as the first half progressed, the RPI women started to take control, building a 17 point lead by halftime. This lead expanded to 19 three and a half minutes into the second half on a junior Courtney Reynolds 3-pointer. But Union refused to go down easily. A layup by Union’s sophomore Cailin Schmeer with 5:38 remaining cut RPI’s lead to 3 (51-48). But two baskets by sophomore Ashley Clough and free throws by junior Amanda Lynch, senior Kelly Piotrowski, and Courtney Reynolds gave RPI the lead for good. An uncomfortably close second half for the Engineers resulted in a 61-56 win for the home team. The relief of this victory quickly became a distant memory for the women’s team the following day when they hosted nearby Skidmore College. By the end of the first half, the women had fallen into a 17-point hole (39-22). Despite improving their play in the second half, they were unable to make a sizeable dent in Skidmore’s lead, losing by 18, 55-73.