Pledger and Tait Tally Double-Doubles In Victory
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Senior guard Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area) and sophomore forward/center Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) each tallied double-doubles as host Washington College downed visiting Gettysburg, 65-50, in Centennial Conference women's basketball action on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center. The Shorewomen are now 8-4 overall and 3-4 in Centennial play, while the Bullets are now 4-8 and 2-5 respectively.
The six-game winning streak is the first time WC has won six games in a row in a single season. The Shorewomen did have a six-game winning streak that spanned two seasons in 1996-97 and 1997-98. The 15-point victory is the largest for the Shorewomen ever against the Bullets. The prior largest margin for victory was an eight-point win (66-58) in the 2007-08 campaign. WC also snapped a five-game losing streak to Gettysburg in the process.
Washington took the lead for good at 5-2 on a traditional three-point play by Pledger just 2:37 into the game. The Shorewomen led 14-7 with 12:01 left in the first half before going on a 16-2 run to take a 30-9 with 2:41 left on a Pledger layup. During the run, the Shorewomen held the Bullets without a point for over six minutes. WC would lead by as many as 21 points on two occasions late in the first half.
In the second half, WC led 50-30 with 12:23 left on a layup by Tait when Gettysburg score eight unanswered points to cut the lead to 50-38 with 10:55 remaining in the contest of a three-pointer by Cori Younghans. The Bullets get the deficit to nine points at 57-48 with 2:06 left on a fast-break lay-in by Lauren Dadigan from Alyssa Isler. Gettysburg would draw no closer and Washington made eight free throws in the final two minutes to pull away with the victory.
Tait tied for tops in the contest with 15 points and tied her career-high with a game-topping 14 rebounds for her second straight double-double, while Pledger had 11 points and pulled down 12 boards for her fourth double-double in the last five contests. Tait also handed out six assists to lead all players. Senior guard Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic) had 12 points, while sophomore forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, NC/Bishop McGuiness) added 11 points. O'Donnell rejected three shots for tops in the game.
Alyssa Oursler had 15 to tie for game-high to lead the Bullets, while Caroline Murphy added 12 points.
Washington, who never trailed in the game, shot 35% in the win, while holding Gettysburg to 26% from the floor. The Shorewomen shot 23% from three-point range, while the Bullets connected on 17% from behind the arc. WC shot 63% from the foul line (24-for-38), while Gettysburg was 80% (16-for-20) from the stripe. The Shorewomen held a 49-40 edge on the boards.
The Shorewomen return to action on Tuesday night with a 7:00 p.m. conference game at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore.