Four WC Players Score In Double Figures
CARLISLE, PA – Visiting Washington College had four players score in double figures en route to a 67-58 win over host Dickinson in Centennial Conference Women's Basketball action on Thursday night at the Kline Center. The Shorewomen improve to 9-5 overall and 4-5 in Centennial action, while the Red Devils fall to 2-12 and 2-7 respectively.
After the Red Devils knotted the game at 29-29 on a free throw by Dana Walsh with 17:55 left in the second half, the Shorewomen scored 13 consecutive points to take a 42-29 lead with 13:08 remaining in the game on a layup by junior center Erin Kile (Benton, PA/Benton). Kile began the run with a layup with 17:27 left scored six of the squad's 13 points during the spurt. WC would hold the lead the rest of the contest. Dickinson would cut the lead to 49-40 with 8:11 to go on two free throws by Sarah Phillips, but back-to-back jumpers by senior guard Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area) extended the WC lead back to 13 at 53-40 with 5:55 remaining in the game. Tait would give the Shorewomen their biggest lead of the night of 15 points, 57-42, with 4:41 left when she canned a jumper. Down 15 with just over three minutes, Dickinson would score the next eight points to cut the Washington lead to 59-52 with 1:02 left on a Liz Schultz fast-break layup.
After Tait sank two free throws with 53 seconds left to push the lead back to 61-52, Taylor Miller responded with a layup to trim the lead back to seven, 61-54, with 49 ticks left. Sophomore forward/center Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) netted a layup eight seconds later to make it a nine-point lead at 63-54, but Miller netted a layup for the hosts with 36 seconds left to cut it to 63-56. Tait was fouled on the inbounds pass and made both from the charity stripe to give the guests a 65-56 lead with 35 seconds remaining. After a Dickinson turnover, sophomore guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) canned two from the line to make it 67-56 with 24 seconds to go. Miller scored the final points of the game on a lay-in with 10 seconds to go.
In the first half, Dickinson jumped out to a 12-7 lead with 12:14 left, capping the run on a Phillips jumper. However, Washington answered back with a 7-0 run of its own to take a 14-12 lead with 9:14 left in the first half on a jumper by senior guard/forward Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic). For the rest of the half, neither side led by more than three points and the Shorewomen took a 29-28 lead into halftime. O'Donnell put the guests up going into the intermission when she converted a layup with 21 ticks left to close out the scoring in the first. O'Donnell had 10 points in the first 20 minutes.
Tait had 16 points to lead WC and scored all of her points in the second half. O'Donnell added 14 points, Kile netted a season-high 13 points and Mitchell added 10 points. Pledger grabbed 12 rebounds to lead all players in the win. O'Donnell rejected three shots to lead all players. WC shot 41% in the game and shot a sound 57% in the second half. WC shot just 13% from three-point range and 79% (19-for-24) from the foul line. The Shorewomen held a 43-35 edge on the boards and a 23-12 edge in bench points.
Miller had a game-best 20 points to lead Dickinson and had three steals to lead all participants. Bridget Borgese added 13 points for the hosts. Walsh and Belma Mekic had six boards each to lead the Red Devils. Dickinson shot 32% from the floor, missed both of its three-point attempts and 77% from the free throw line (20-for-26).
The Shorewomen had 14 turnovers in the game, while the Red Devils coughed it up 12 times. Both sides scored 11 points each on points off of turnovers.
WC won tonight and on February 5, 2011 over Dickinson by a 67-58 score. Both Shorewomen victories over the Red Devils were at the Kline Center.
The Shorewomen, who have won seven of their last eight games, return to the court on Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. when they travel to Bryn Mawr for a Centennial Conference women's basketball game.