The Rensselaer women’s basketball team has competed away from home in the past five games over the last two weeks, and they will not return to East Campus Stadium until December 30 when they will meet Drew University. In that time, they have played against the Utica College Pioneers, the Babson College Beavers, the Wheaton College Lyons, the Sage Colleges Gators, and the Middlebury College Panthers. In every game, the teams have finished within 13 points of each other.
The Engineers faced the Pioneers on November 19 in Utica, N.Y., where they collected a 47-40 lead by halftime, but lost it in the second half to finish with 84 points to Utica’s 91. Freshman Elizabeth Eckhardt scored the most points for RPI that evening with 18. Following closely behind was senior Bailei Tetrault with 13, then freshman Sam Krumbhaar with 11.
On November 21, the women entered the Williams College Tournament with their first of two games for the weekend. The Babson College Beavers were the first opposition, but they failed to dam up the Engineers. Thanks to the 18-point performance of Krumbhaar, 17-point performance of junior Ashley Clough, and 12-point performance of sophomore Shaina Iton, RPI won 64–54. The Engineers didn’t have much trouble washing out the Beavers downstream.
When day two of the tournament arrived, the women prepared for a fight against the Lyons. Wheaton ended up winning 73–60 over RPI.Kiley Shoemaker scored 26 of the team’s points to put the Lyons over the top out of harm’s way.
Last night, the women traveled to Keene, N.H. to play against the Keene State Owls but lost 88-73. On Saturday, the team will head to Middletown, C.T. to compete against Anna Maria College at 2 pm in the Courtyard by Marriott Tournament. On Sunday, they will play Wesleyan University at 1 pm.