Women’s Hoops shoot former warriors to debut in 2022
SPRINGFIELD, Mass .– The Union College women’s basketball team took advantage of a dominant second quarter to pull away from Eastern Connecticut State University and claim a 67-50 victory on Day 1 at the Hampton Inn / West Springfield Naismith Classic, hosted by Springfield College on Saturday afternoon at Blake Arena.
Senior Amber Raisin led all players with 15 points on 7 of 13 shots from the field and also added five rebounds and five assists. Junior Olivia pachla recorded his second consecutive double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, a game-high, with five assists and two blocks, and his classmate Megan Lee also hit the double with 12 points on 6 of 8 shots. Seniors Laura Vinton (eight points on a 4 of 4 shot) and Anna metcalf (seven points, two blocks, two steals) also helped Union (3-5) as part of the victory.
The Dutch had another good day shooting the ball, staying over 50 percent for much of the game before finishing 30 for 64 (46.9 percent) on the pitch, while the defense limited the ‘Eastern Connecticut at 17 of 54 (31.5 percent) shots. ).
Union started the game on fire on the attacking side, scoring on their first four possessions and making six of their first 10 shots en route to a 14-2 lead with 5:04 left in the first quarter. Raisner had six points leading the team during the streak. The tide changed after that, however, as the Dutch missed their last seven shots as they allowed Eastern Connecticut (6-6) to come back to tie the score at 14 after 10 minutes of play.
The Warriors took their first lead of the game early in the second stanza and led 20-18 over an Emily Jeamel bucket before Union took control with an 18-3 run that lasted the final seven minutes of the period. Pachla’s back-to-back buckets started the race, followed by a layup by Vinton. After ECSU’s Marian Dunn posted two returns to bring the score to 24-22, the Warriors missed their last six field goals as the Union continued to extend their advantage. Senior Darby Leid hit a three on the next possession to reduce the lead to five, while Raisner added five points in a final 12-1 streak.
The Dutch shot 50.0% (16 of 32) from the field in the first half and converted 10 Warrior turnovers to 14 points on the other end, while outscoring ECSU 26-12 in the paint .
Union continued their strong play in the third quarter, holding EastConn off the scoreboard for nearly four minutes as Union increased their lead to 19 at 42-23. A Raisner bucket with 4:54 to go gave Union their first 20-point lead of the game at 46-25 and the team headed for fourth with a comfortable 50-31 advantage. Garnet and white were never contested in the final frame, increasing his lead to 24 points following a Pachla layup with 6:08 remaining which made the score 60-36 .
Union finished the game with a 44-24 advantage on the paint and a 42-32 advantage on the glass.
Union will return to action tomorrow, when the Dutch take on # 17/25 Springfield from 1pm.