Bullets Hold Off Shorewomen, 69-64

Bullets Hold Off Shorewomen, 69-64

Tait Scores 14 Points, Hands Out 7 Assists in Loss

CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Visiting Gettysburg College held on to defeat host Washington College, 69-64, in a Centennial Conference women's basketball game this afternoon inside Cain Athletic Center. The Bullets (18-5, 13-5 Centennial) held a double-digit lead with under 10 minutes left in the game and survived a rally by the Shorewomen (10-12, 8-9) which cut the deficit down to two points.

Gettysburg held a 19-8 lead with under 11 minutes to play in the first half before the Shorewomen went on a 13-4 run to cut the deficit to 23-21 on a free-throw by sophomore center Erin Kile (Benton, PA/Benton) with 6:08 to go. The Bullets responded by finish the half with a 10-1 run, capped off by a three-pointer by Rianna Doane with two seconds to go to build a 33-24 advantage at the intermission.

A jumper by Rianna Doane with 18:25 left in the second half gave the Bullets their biggest lead of the afternoon at 38-24. Gettysburg held a 10-point lead at 41-51 following a free throw by Sara Kinsley with 9:20 to play before Washington scored the next eight points to pull to within two points at 51-49 on a jumper by freshman guard Claire Mattox (Arlington, VA/Potomac School) with 5:40 remaining. Gettysburg got the lead back up to as many as six points during the next three minutes, but a three-pointer by Washington freshman guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) with 2:34 to go again got the Shorewomen to within two points at 59-57. The Bullets answered by scoring the next eight points to build a 65-57 advantage on a pair of Sara Kinsley free throws with 56 seconds left. Gettysburg held a 66-59 lead with under 40 seconds to go before a three-pointer by junior guard Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic) and a lay-up by junior guard Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area), sandwiched around a one-of-two free-throw showing by Gettysburg's Caitlin Moser, pulled Washington to within three points at 67-64 with 23 seconds remaining. Julie McGrory connected on one of two free throws on Gettysburg's next possession with 21 seconds left and the Shorewomen came up empty on their next possession. Moser made one of two free throws with nine seconds to go to provide the final margin.

Moser paced the Bullets with 17 points on 6-for-20 shooting, while McGrory finished with 16 points and six rebounds and Kinsley added 14 points and six boards of her own. Moser surpassed 1,500 career points in the win; she had 1,494 entering the contest. 

O'Donnell matched Moser for game-high scoring honors with 17 points and collected six rebounds. Tait turned in an impressive all-around game, scoring 14 points on 6-for-13 shooting, dishing out seven assists, and bringing down six rebounds. Freshman forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, NC/Bishop McGuiness) scored nine points and collected a career-best 12 rebounds in the loss for Washington.

Washington shot 42% from the field to Gettysburg's 38%, but was 58% from the free-throw line to Gettysburg's 73%. The Shorewomen also held a 42-36 advantage on the boards, but turned the ball over 21 times to the Bullets' 14. 

The Shorewomen return to action Monday with a 6:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against McDaniel.