Pledger and Kile Tally Double-Doubles In Triumph
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Host Washington College got double-doubles from sophomore forward/center Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River), who had a game-high 15 points and added 11 rebounds, and junior center Erin Kile (Benton, PA/Benton), who had 11 points and a game-topping 12 rebounds, en route to a 61-44 over visiting McDaniel on Thursday night in Centennial Conference women's basketball action at the Cain Athletic Center. The Shorewomen improve to 11-5 overall and 6-5 in the conference, while the Green Terror drop to 7-10 and 4-9 respectively. WC avenged a 59-56 loss at McDaniel on November 22 with this win.
This is the first time the Shorewomen have won nine out of 10 in a single season. The 44 points WC allowed to McDaniel is the fewest points ever allowed by the Shorewomen against the Green Terror.
Washington, who never trailed in the contest, scored the first six points of the game and led 15-2 with 12:08 to go on a jumper by sophomore guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross). The Shorewomen led 17-6 with 11:11 to go in the first when they scored the next 13 points to take a 30-6 lead, the biggest lead of the half for Washington, on a three-pointer by Mitchell. The Shorewomen took a 32-10 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Shorewomen pushed their lead to a game-high 29 points at 45-16 with 10:15 to go on a free throw by Pledger. The closest McDaniel would get the score the rest of the way was with 29 seconds left on a free throw by Syndey Flores to cut the lead to 59-44. Pledger hit a layup eight ticks later to provide the final margin.
Joining Kile and Pledger in double figures for the Shorewomen were Mitchell and senior guard Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic) who both scored 12 points. Senior guard Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area) handed out five assists to lead all players.
Steph Perez had 10 points to lead the Green Terror, while Emma Wingerd pulled down eight rebounds and handed out three assists to lead the visitors.
Washington shot 41% from the floor, 44% from three-point range and 65% (17-for-26) from the foul line. McDaniel shot 29% from the floor, 0% from behind the arc and 53% (10-for-19) from the charity stripe. The Shorewomen held a 46-34 edge on the boards. Washington turned it over 18 times; while McDaniel coughed it up just 11 times.
The Shorewomen return to action on Saturday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. conference contest against visiting Muhlenberg.