January 25, 2014

Bullets Trip Up Shorewomen, 55-51

Hubley, Pledger Reach Double Figures in Loss for Washington

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Visiting Gettysburg College improved to 10-6 overall and 6-5 in Centennial Conference play with a 55-51 win over host Washington College in women's basketball action this afternoon inside Cain Athletic Center. The Shorewomen dropped to 5-11 and 4-6 with the loss.

Washington held an 18-15 advantage with 3:52 remaining in the first half before the Bullets closed the period on a 9-0 run. A Caroline Murphy lay-up and free throw with eight seconds left before the break gave Gettysburg a 24-18 cushion.

The Shorewomen rallied to even the score at 32-32 on a lay-up by sophomore forward Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) with 14:42 to play in the second half, but Gettysburg ran off another nine unanswered points to take a 41-32 lead on a pair of free throws by Alyssa Isler with 11:03 remaining.

Washington later trimmed the lead back to four points at 51-47 on a jumper by senior guard Claire Mattox (Arlington, Va./Potomac School) with 1:33 to go. Washington twice had chances to cut the lead to one possession following Mattox's basket, but turned the ball over during both possessions. A pair of free throws by Cori Younghans with 40 seconds left then pushed the Gettysburg lead to six points. Junior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) knocked down a jumper for Washington with 24 seconds to go, but two more free throws by Younghans five seconds later sealed the win for Gettysburg. Hubley scored a lay-up with 12 seconds left to provide the final margin.

Murphy led all players with 14 points, scoring all but two of them in the first half. Isler, who swiped a game-best four steals, picked up the slack for Murphy in the second half, netting 10 of her 13 points in the period. Emily Duggan brought down a game-best 10 rebounds for the victors.

Hubley paced the Shorewomen with 11 points to go along with eight rebounds, while senior forward Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) added 10 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Senior guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) came off the bench to supply the Shorewomen with nine points.

Neither team shot well from the field in the game as Washington shot 33% to Gettysburg's 32%. The Shorewomen enjoyed a massive 49-31 advantage on the boards, including 20 offensive rebounds to only 17 defensive rebounds for the Bullets. Washington turned the ball over 24 times in the loss, however, to Gettysburg's 14. 

The Shorewomen return to action Tuesday with an 8:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against Swarthmore.

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