Espinosa With 17 Points To Lead Shorewomen
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Visiting Catholic got 11 points and a game-best 10 assists from Emily Grabiak en route to a 64-53 win over host Washington College on Saturday evening at the Cain Athletic Center in non-conference women's basketball action. The Cardinals improve to 7-0, while the Shorewomen slide to 6-3.
Catholic, who never trailed in the game and scored the game's first 11 points, raced out to a 20-2 lead in the first 6:06 of the game on a Josephine Migash layup. The Shorewomen scored the next eight points to trim the lead to 20-10 on a three-pointer by freshman guard Ashley Espinosa (Reading, PA/Governor Mifflin) with 10:41 to go in the first half. However, the visitors went on a 16-5 run to take a 36-15 lead with 2:24 to go in the first on a Jenny McGann fast-break layup and the 21-point lead was the largest lead in the game for Catholic. Washington would score the last eight points of the half to trim the lead to 36-23, the final two points coming on a pair of free throws by junior guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) with 39 ticks to go.
In the second half, Catholic took its largest lead of the second half of 21 points at 50-29 on a Karlyn Dixon jumper with 11:19 remaining in the game. The Shorewomen would trim the deficit to nine points at 60-51 with 54 seconds left on an Espinsona jumper in the paint. However, the Cardinals converted four free throws in the final 28 seconds to seal the victory.
In addition to Grabiak, Jill Woerner scored 17 points to tie for game best and a game-high four steals, while McGann notched 11 points. Katarina Owunna had a team-high 12 rebounds and blocked a game-best five shots. Grabiak and McCann each had three steals for the guests. The Cardinals shot 38% from the floor (24-for-63), 60% from three-point range (3-for-5) and 62% from the foul line (13-for-21).
Espinosa had 17 points to tie Woerner for tops in the game, while junior forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, NC/Bishop McGuiness) and freshman guard Dee Maddox (Virginia Beach, VA/Norfolk Collegiate) had 10 points each. Junior forward Latisha Pledger (Cheaspeake, VA/Indian River) totaled a game-topping 13 boards. Espinosa and junior guard Claire Mattox (Arlington, VA/Potomac School) both recorded three steals to lead the team. The Shorewomen shot 30% from the floor (21-for-70), 9% from three-point land (1-for-11) and 77% from the charity stripe (10-for-13). WC held a 49-44 edge on the boards.
Catholic turned it over 15 times, while Washington coughed it up 19 times. The Cardinals held a 22-13 advantage in points off of turnovers, while the Shorewomen held an 18-10 edge in bench points.
WC returns to the court on December 29 when they play host Montclair State in the Montclair State Holiday Tournament at 5:00 p.m.