Tait Becomes Shorewomen's All-Time Leader in Made Free Throws
GETTYSBURG, PA -- Senior guard Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area) became Washington College's all-time career leader in made free throws as the visiting Shorewomen knocked off host Gettysburg, 58-50, in a Centennial Conference women's basketball game this afternoon in Gettysburg, PA. The win was the Shorewomen's (14-9, 9-9 Centennial) second-ever road win over the Bullets (11-12, 9-9) and their first since 1996. Gettysburg had won 10 straight home games over Washington.
The Shorewomen led by as many as eight points in the first half and took a 30-24 lead into halftime. The Bullets opened the second half by scoring the first six points of the period, knotting the score at 30-30 on a jumper by Katie Earley with 14:59 remaining. Sophomore guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) answered with a three-pointer on the other end to put the Shorewomen back in front, 33-30. Washington led the rest of the way.
Tait tied the Shorewomen's career record for made free throws with a make with 5:48 remaining in the second half, giving her 308th for her career and pulling her even with Washington College Hall of Famer Eboni Taylor '97. She broke the record by knocking down a free throw with 30 seconds to go in the game and finished the contest with 310 career made free throws.
Tait led all players with 18 points and seven assists and also brought down 11 rebounds in the win. Mitchell and senior guard Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic) added 10 points each, while sophomore forward/center Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) scored nine points and collected a team-best 14 rebounds.
Sara Kinsley led Gettysburg with 10 points and game highs of 15 rebounds and six blocked shots. Lauren Dadigan added 10 points and eight rebounds for the Bullets.
The Shorewomen's only previous road win over the Bullets was a 61-55 triumph on January 27, 1996. Washington is now 2-11 all-time on the road against Gettysburg. This also marks the first time the Shorewomen have beaten the Bullets twice in one season.
The Shorewomen return to action Wednesday with a 6:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game home game against Ursinus.