Women’s basketball looks to turn things around

The Cardinals have won two in a row after dropping their first two games of the season.

By Bridget Carney, Staff Writer

The women’s basketball team is still looking to find its groove after a 2-3 start to the season.

After dropping its first two games, Fisher won two in a row including a 56-52 win over Union College in overtime after trailing by five with just over a minute to play in the extra quarter.

After a Maria Kelleher three pointer, senior point guard and captain Emily Piacentini took matters into her own hands by forcing a turnover and converting her efforts into a layup to tie the game.

Freshman Alex Reigle showed composure at the foul line in the final seconds making both free throws and putting the game out of reach for Union.

“It wasn’t pretty,” said Piacentini. “We have a lot of work to do and that’s not a game I would look back on and call a ‘good game,’ but a win’s a win and we just have to keep moving.”

After shooting just 19 percent from the floor in the first half, Caroline Robertson went on to score 18 points before fouling out toward the end of regulation.

“I knew I needed to get to the basket,” said Robertson. “Once I started attacking, they began to foul and we got some momentum offensively.”

Piacentini finished with 14 points, while Reigle tallied four points and a career-high five steals. Kelleher added eight points while junior Jessica Rhone also added six points and three blocked shots.

“We have a lot of work to do and that’s not a game I would look back on and call a ‘good game,’ but a win’s a win and we just have to keep moving.”
– Captain Emily Piacentini

The Cardinals traveled back to Fisher for their home opener Sunday evening versus Medaille College where they ended their weekend with a win.

While the first quarter was fairly even, the Cardinals outscored the Mavericks 25-6 for the rest of the half. The run was completed with back-to-back three pointers from Kelleher and sophomore Erin Hulburt.

Kelleher had a career game scoring 17 points, with 6 of 8 shooting from the floor and 3 for 5 from beyond the arc. Hulburt contributed 14 points of her own, while Robertson added 12 points as well as seven rebounds.

Fisher’s front court had a night as well. Rhone had 10 points and four steals while sophomore Alyssa Robens had seven points and a team high nine rebounds.

Freshman Chelsea Repard finished with seven points including two three-pointers.

“It was a fun game to play in,” said Kelleher. “When everyone plays well and you get a win, you can’t ask for much more than that.”

A 71-59 loss on Tuesday night to William Smith College definitely has the Cardinals striving to finish their non-conference portion of the schedule strong.

Fisher will face University of Rochester and RIT this weekend on Friday and Saturday respectively.  Both games will be at 8 p.m.

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