RPI Women's Basketball Finishes Second in Stevens Tournament
On Friday November 19, the RCNJ sponsored a trip to an RPI women's basketball game. The Lady Red Hawks were participating in the Stevens Tech Tournament in Hoboken, NJ. After Stevens Tech defeated Cal Tech in the opening contest, Rensselaer took the court against the John Jay Bloodhounds.
Senior forward Kaitlyn Saunders scored the first six points for Rensselaer, as they raced out to a 22-0 lead. The score at halftime was 41-2 in favor of the Lady Red Hawks. The blowout continued in the second half, as Rensselaer coasted to an 88-13 victory.
For the game, each Rensselaer player had at least four points. The leading scorer was Saunders with 17 points (chipping in 7 steals), followed by freshman Tory Lyons 12 points (five rebounds) and Brittney O'Neal 9 points (eight rebounds). For John Jay, guard Latrice Blakely had 11 of the team's 13 points.
The RCNJ attendees for this game were President Sandeep Nandy '94, Sudeshna Nandy, and James Alfonso (Sandeep's co-worker who did not attend Rensselaer).
As a result of this victory, Rensselaer advanced to the tournament championship game against Stevens Tech. Despite a strong effort by the Lady Red Hawks, Stevens Tech won the contest, 75-71. Saunders scored 30 points in the title game.
For her efforts in these two contests, Saunders was named the Liberty League forward of the week for women's basketball.
Rensselaer's season record stands at 1-1. They return to action on Tuesday November 30 with a road game at Williams College. The team's home opener is on Tuesday December 7 against Oswego State.