Tait With 15 Points And Game-High Four Steals To Lead WC
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Visiting Swarthmore College connected on 11 three-point field goals to propel them to a 62-52 win over host Washington College on Wednesday evening at the Cain Athletic Center in Centennial Conference women's basketball action. The Garnet improve to 12-10 overall and 9-8 in conference play, while the Shorewomen drop to 10-11 and 8-8 respectively. The loss also snaps a four-game winning streak by the Shorewomen.
Washington led 37-35 with 11:25 to go in the second half following two free throws by junior guard Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area), when Swarthmore went on an 11-2 run over the next 2:55 to take a 46-39 lead. Genny Pezzola gave the Garnet the lead for good at 38-37 when she started with a three-pointer that rattled around the rim, hit the backboard and dropped in with 10:36 to go. Pezzola hit her second consecutive trifecta just 27 seconds later to give Swarthmore a 41-37 lead. Katie Lytle would can a two-pointer to give the guests a 43-37 lead. After a Washington layup by sophomore center Erin Kile (Benton, PA/Benton) cut the lead to 43-39 with 8:55 remaining, Lytle capped the run with a triple 8:30 left.
The Shorewomen would score the next five points to trim the Garnet lead to 46-44 with 7:27 remaining on a Tait three-pointer, but Madeline Ross responded on the next possession with a three of her own to push the Swarthmore lead back to 49-44 just 21 ticks later. Freshman guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) cut the lead back to two at 49-47 when she hit a three-pointer with 5:17 remaining. But Swarthmore would close out the game on a 13-6 run to secure the victory. Kathryn Stockbower scored on a jumper in the paint to make it 51-47 with 3:39 left to begin the game-closing run. Following a WC free throw, Stockbower hit another jumper in the paint with 2:14 remaining to give the visitors a 53-48 lead. Swarthmore would go 8-for-12 from the foul line in the final 1:02 to ice the win.
The Shorewomen jumped out to a quick 11-4 lead 5:12 into the game on a layup by freshman guard/forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, NC/Bishop McGuiness). The Garnet would counter with a 13-6 run of their own to level the contest at 17-17 with 8:29 to go on a three by Pezzola. The Shorewomen lead 24-21 when Eliza Polli connected on consecutive triples to put the Garnet up 27-24 with 4:32 to go in the first half. Swarthmore took a 30-28 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Shorewomen scored seven of the first nine points to take a 35-32 lead with 12:44 to go in the game on a Fitzgerald free throw. Ross evened the contest at 35-35 with a three with 11:42 left. 17 seconds later Tait hit two from the line to give WC its final lead of the night.
Ross tied for the game-high with 15 points and was one of four Swarthmore players to score in double figures. Lytle scored 12 points and had three blocks to lead all players, Pezzola added 11 points off the bench, while Stockbower tallied a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds. Her 15 boards lead all players. Brittany Schmelz had five assists to lead all players in the game.
Tait tied Ross for tops in scoring with 15 points for Washington and led all players with four steals. Freshman forward Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) had 10 points and grabbed a team-best seven rebounds. Junior guard/forward Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic) handed out four assists to lead the Shorewomen in the contest.
The Garnet hit 11-of-30 from three-point range for a 37% clip, while holding the Shorewomen to 3-for-16 from behind the arc, a clip of 19%. Swarthmore shot 33% (20-for-60) for the game, while holding Washington to 30% (16-for-53) shooting. Swarthmore shot 79% from the free throw line (11-for-14), while Washington shot 74% from the charity stripe (17-for-23).
Swarthmore had a 47-35 edge on the boards, while committing 16 turnovers. Washington had just 11 turnovers in the game. Washington outscored Swarthmore in points in the paint (22-14), points off turnovers (20-12) and second chance points (12-8), while Swarthmore scored all nine fast-break points in the game and held a 23-19 edge in bench points.
Washington returns to action on Saturday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. game versus visiting Gettysburg in a Centennial Conference game at the Cain Athletic Center.