RPI Women's Basketball Team Advances to ECAC Upstate Championship
Sandeep Nandy wrote, "On March 5, the Rensselaer women's basketball team hosted the Nazareth Golden Flyers in the first round of the ECAC tournament. Behind the efforts of junior Kristin Kaczynski and sophomore Kaitlin Saunders, the Red Hawks emerged with a 73-51 victory. RPI jumped out to a 33-21 halftime lead and held on for a comfortable victory. Kaczynski scored 22 points, while Saunders added 21. Junior forward Caitlin Vestal also had a strong game, contributing 10 points and 10 rebounds."
"Kacyznski also reached an important milestone in this contest as she topped the 1,000 point mark for her career. She ranks eighth on the Red Hawks all time scoring list. In addition to her accomplishments on the court, Kaczynski was also recently selected as a 2002-2003 Verizon District 1 College Division Women's Basketball All Academic First Team."
"With the win, the Red Hawks, coached by John Greene, advanced to the ECAC tournament semifinals on March 8. Rensselaer took to the court against Oneonta State on the campus of SUNY Geneseo. In this contest, Rensselaer held a 5 point halftime lead and charged to a 79-65 win. Saunders led the Red Hawks with 21 points, while Vestal and Kaczynski added 14 and 10 points, respectively."
"On Sunday March 9, the Red Hawks faced the SUNY Geneseo Blue Knights for the ECAC Upstate Women's Basketball Championship. Despite getting off to an early lead in the contest, the Red Hawks trailed by five at halftime. Although RPI got close on several occasions in the second half, the Blue Knights emerged with a hard fought 74-71 victory."
"The Red Hawks ended the season with an 18-10 record."