WC Falls To Haverford, 50-41
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Washington College guard senior Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area) scored her 1,000th career point on a driving layup with 7:05 left in the first half, but it was not enough as visiting Haverford recorded a 50-41 win over Washington on Wednesday night at the Cain Athletic Center. The Fords improve to 14-6 overall and 9-6 in the conference, while the Shorewomen drop to 11-9 and 6-9 respectively.
Tait is the eighth Shorewoman to score 1,000 points and the first since Jane O'Donnell '10 reached the plateau on February 19, 2009 versus Johns Hopkins. Tait is also the second player in Centennial Conference women's basketball history with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists in her career, joining Kelly McKeon of Muhlenberg. Tait scored a game-high 15 points and now has 1,013 points in her career at Washington. She also had nine rebounds, just missing out on a double-double, handed out a game-best six assists and tied for tops in the contest with three steals.
The Fords, who never trailed, jumped out to an 11-0 lead on a Meredith Schoyer lay-in with 13:39 left in the first half. Haverford extended its lead to as many as 15 points in the half at 26-11 with 2:51 to go in the half on a Jacquelyne Pizzuto layup. The 15-point bulge was the biggest lead for the Fords in the game. The Shorewomen closed out the half on a 7-0 run to cut the lead to 26-18 at halftime. A three-pointer by sophomore guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) with 16 seconds left closed out the scoring.
WC opened the second half on a 6-0 run to cut the 15-point lead down to two points at 26-24 with 17:07 left in the game on a layup by senior guard/forward Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic). The basket capped a 13-0 run spanning both halves in a time frame of 4:28. However, Haverford responded with a 12-0 run, on four three pointers to make it 38-26 with 13:06 to go in the game on a Pizzuto three. Pizzuto and Victoria Sobocinski each canned two triples during the run. The Shorewomen would get it to within five points twice the rest of the way, the last time with 3:38 to go in the contest on a free throw by Sally O'Donnell. The Fords scored seven of the game's final 10 points to come away with the win.
Pizzuto had a team-best 12 pointds for the Fords, while Elizabeth Lynch scored 10 points off the bench. Pizzuto also grabbed a team-high six rebounds, while Dominique Meeks had three steals to tie for tops in the game. Haverford shot 44% from the floor, 50% from three-point range and 71% (5-for-7) from the foul line.
Mitchell added 10 points for Washington, while sophomore forward/center Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) had a game-best 15 rebounds. The Shorewomen shot 26% from the floor, 23% from behind the arc and 57% (8-for-14) from the charity stripe. WC held a 40-29 edge in rebounds.
Haverford turned it over 17 times, while Washington turned it over 18 times. The Fords had a 22-15 edge in points off of turnovers, 20-16 advantage in points in the paint and 14-12 edge in bench points. The Shorewomen scored all eight second chance points in the game.
Washington returns to action on Saturday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. game against visiting Dickinson in Centennial action.