Women’s basketball had an exciting overtime win against the Skidmore College Thoroughbreds in a Friday night showdown in Saratoga. Once again, Rensselaer mounted a late comeback. Junior guard Ashley Clough led the charge, scoring 14 points in the second half on six of nine shooting, including the game tying 3-pointer with 23 seconds to play in regulation. Senior guard Amanda Lynch also came up big, scoring six of the team’s final 11 points. After 40 minutes of play, the game was tied, 66-66.
In overtime, junior guard Lauren Young tied the game at 69 with a nifty layup. Then, baskets by Lynch and Clough gave RPI a four-point lead, with one minute remaining. After Skidmore failed to score, senior guard Bailei Tetrault secured the win the game with two free throws and the Engineers won 75-71.
Last Saturday, the Engineers returned home to face Clarkson. Both teams entered with identical 9-4 Liberty League records. Rensselaer fell behind in the first half, allowing the visiting Golden Knights to take a 43-27 lead into the break.
Once more, the Engineers fought back. A lead of 21 for Clarkson midway through the second half was too much for RPI to overcome, though. Two late Clough 3-pointers pulled the Engineers to within six in the final moments. When the final buzzer sounded, the score was Clarkson 72, Rensselaer 66.
In two games, Lynch totaled 46 points and Clough finished with 43. Young led RPI in rebounds both nights, pulling down a combined total of 19.
Next weekend will be the final two regular season games for RPI. On Friday, they will travel to Vassar College, before heading back to Troy to host Bard College on Sunday afternoon. In order to advance into Liberty League Championship contention, RPI will need to win at least one of the two games.