Kendall Grabs Career-High 14 Rebounds
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College recorded its first Centennial Conference win of the season with a 49-48 victory over visiting McDaniel on Thursday night at the Cain Athletic Center in a CC women's basketball game. The Shorewomen are 2-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference, while the Green Terror falls to 5-2 and 2-1 respectively.
Washington has now won four straight games over McDaniel for the first time in the history of the series and has captured five of the last six over the Green Terror.
Washington led 41-37 with 6:13 left in the game on a free throw by senior guard Claire Mattox (Arlington, Va./Potomac School) when McDaniel scored the next eight points to take a 45-41 lead with 4:05 left on a Lauren Ballenger layup. Ballenger scored all eight points during the run, draining a three to cut the lead to 41-40 with 5:53 left and then converted a traditional three-point play with 5:05 remaining to give the Green Terror a two-point lead at 43-41.
The Shorewomen ended the run on a jumper by sophomore forward Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) with 3:41 left to trim the McDaniel lead to 45-43. Senior forward Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) made a free throw to cut the lead to 45-44 with 2:54 remaining. McDaniel answered with a fast-break layup by Karli Zeps after she stole the ball with 2:11 left to give the guests a 47-44 lead. Senior forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, N.C./Bishop McGuiness) sank a jumper with 1:53 left to cut the lead to 47-46. After a McDaniel miss, Fitzgerald found junior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) and Hubley netted a jumper to put WC up for good at 48-47 with 1:01 remaining. After a McDaniel missed jumper, Mattox grabbed the rebound and was fouled. She made one free throw to put the hosts ahead 49-47 with 30 ticks to go. On McDaniel's next possession, Steph Perez drove to the basket and was fouled with 15 seconds left. Perez was only able to make one of two from the stripe to cut the WC lead to 49-48. After a missed free throw and a lane violation by the Shorewomen with nine seconds to go, the Green Terror had a chance to win the game. Allie Eader's last shot, a layup, was off the mark and the clock ran out before she could put up another shot and WC held on for the win.
In the first half, McDaniel took its biggest lead of the half at 10-6 with 11:03 left in the half on an Emma Wingerd jumper. McDaniel led by four points on three occasions, its largest lead of the game. The Shorewomen countered with a 13-5 run of their own to take a 19-14 lead with 5:18 left on a traditional three-point play by Fitzgerald. The hosts took a 24-23 lead into halftime.
The Green Terror led 34-30 with 12:23 left on an Eader layup when the Shorewomen went on a 11-3 run to take a 41-37 lead with 6:13 to go on a Mattox free throw.
Hubley and Pledger each scored 12 points to lead the Shorewomen and all players. Pledger grabbed nine rebounds and Hubley tied for game-high with a team-best four steals. Kendall corralled a career-high 14 rebounds to lead all players. Hubley and Mattox had three assists to lead all players, while Kendall and Mattox tied for game-high with two blocks each. WC shot 36% from the floor (17-for-47), 20% from three-point land (1-for-5) and 50% from the foul line (14-for-28). WC had a 46-34 advantage on the glass.
Ballenger scored 11 points to lead McDaniel, including nine points in the second half, while Zeps added 10 points. Ballenger and Perez had five boards each to lead the Green Terror. Zeps tied Hubley for game-high in steals with four, while Alyssa March tied for game-best in blocks with a pair. McDaniel shot 37% from the floor (20-for-54), 25% from three-point range (2-for-8) and 50% from the free throw stripe (6-for-12).
Washington turned it over 27 times, while McDaniel coughed it up 21 times. McDaniel held a 15-10 edge in points off of turnovers, 30-20 in points in the paint, 10-8 in second chance points, 8-2 in transition points and 26-9 in bench points.
The Shorewomen travel to Gettysburg for a 3:00 p.m. Centennial game on Saturday.