The RPI women’s basketball team finished their season with one win and one loss over the weekend. After a huge victory over Bard College, the Engineers closed their season with a tough season-ending loss to Vassar College. Despite Liberty League’s Rookie of the Week freshman Sam Krumbhaar giving two outstanding performances on the court, Rensselaer was unable to capitalize in their second game of the weekend.
RPI traveled to Bard College on Friday to face off against the Raptors, who ended their season at 5-20. The Engineers showed that they were the superior team on the court that night when they ran away with a 65-49 victory. Right out of the gates, RPI sunk 23 points in the first quarter alone to Bard’s six. They then tacked on another nine to end the first half up 32-21.
The Engineers held onto their lead in the second half and pushed their advantage to an 18-point lead by the end of the third quarter. Despite Bard improving from the first half and putting up 28 points in the second half, RPI steadily held them at bay, leading to a 65-49 win.
Freshman Krumbhaar led the team in points with 16, and also managed five rebounds. Another major contributor to the Rensselaer offense was sophomore Shaina Iton who nabbed eight rebounds. RPI was perfect from the free throw line and shot an average of 46.7 percent from the field to keep them ahead.
Coming off of their away win, RPI came into their end of the season game at home against Vassar with confidence. The Engineers showed their determination in the first half, outscoring the Brewers 43-36 at halftime. Rensselaer’s defense held Vassar to only 38 percent shooting from the field and not a single three-pointer.
Once the teams returned from the locker rooms, the invigorated Brewers startled RPI with a 24-point surge in the third quarter while Rensselaer struggled to put 11 points on the board. Going into the fourth quarter, RPI immediately cut the lead to two points with Vassar up 60-58. However, the Brewers rallied and re-extended the lead to 11. RPI had no answer; the whistle blew with Vassar winning the game 88-74.
Krumbhaar led the Engineers with 19 points and five rebounds. Seniors who played in their collegiate women’s basketball finale were Ellen Boucher who put up eight points and three assists, Bailei Tertrault with four rebounds and two points, and Ashley Clough, who added seven points, eight rebounds and a block. The team finished the season with an 8-17 overall record and 4-12 in the Liberty League.