Pledger Posts Double-Double With 12 Points and 14 Rebounds; Fitzgerald Nets 15 Points
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College got 12 points and a game-best 14 rebounds from senior forward Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) and got a contest-high 15 points from senior forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, N.C./Bishop McGuiness) en route to a 53-43 win over visiting Ursinus on Tuesday night in a Centennial Conference women's basketball game at the Cain Athletic Center. The Shoremen improve to 6-8 overall and 4-3 in the conference, while the Bears drop to 6-6 and 4-3 respectively.
Ursinus took its biggest lead of the game at 10-6 with 13:16 left in the first half on a Gianna Powell lay-in. Washington countered with a 14-3 run of its own to take a 20-13 lead with 4:10 left in the first on a Fitzgerald jumper in the paint. The Shorewomen led 24-17 with 3:03 left, but the Bears scored the last five points to cut the hosts' lead to 24-22 at halftime. Tori Steinberg canned a triple with three seconds left for the Bears to round out the scoring in the half.
In the second half, the two teams were tied at 29-29 with 11:51 left following a jumper by Ursinus' Elana Roadcloud, when Washington took control of the game with a 16-4 run to take its biggest lead of the game at 45-33 with 4:04 remaining on two free throws by senior forward Liz Warkala (New York, N.Y./Marymount School). Pledger and Fitzgerald each scored five points during the run and Pledger's free throw with 11:23 left put WC up for good at 30-29. The closest Ursinus would get it the rest of the game was six points at 49-43 with 1:47 left on a Caroline Shimrock three-pointer. However, the Shorewomen would score the last four points of the game, all from the free throw line, to seal the win.
Washington, who has now beaten Ursinus four straight times at home, got a pair of blocks from Fitzgerald and she just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Senior guard Katie Bay (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) handed out a team-best three assists. WC shot 37% from the floor (20-for-54), 13% from three-point range (1-for-8) and 52% from the foul stripe (12-for-23). Washington held a 46-37 advantage on the boards.
Jessica Porada had 10 points and eight rebounds to lead Ursinus, while Alyssa Polimeni and Diamond Lewis each passed out four assists to lead all participants. The Bears shot 28% from the field (16-for-57), 31% from behind the arc (4-for-13) and 70% from the free throw line (7-for-10).
WC outscored Ursinus in points in the paint (26-18) and second-chance points (14-4), while Ursinus edged WC in points off of turnovers (11-9) and fast-break points (5-2). WC turned it over 18 times, while Ursinus lost it 17 times.
Washington travels to Muhlenberg for a 2:00 p.m. conference game on Saturday afternoon.