Kendall Totals Career-High 13 Points and Eight Rebounds
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Abbey Deckard tallied a double-double with 18 points and a contest-best 11 rebounds to lead visiting Swarthmore to a 74-57 win over host Washington College on Tuesday night in a Centennial Conference women's basketball game at the Cain Athletic Center. The Garnet improve to 10-8 overall and 5-7 in the conference, while the Shorewomen drop to 5-12 and 4-7 respectively.
Washington jumped out to a 6-0 lead just 2:50 into the ballgame on a layup by sophomore forward Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area), but Swarthmore took control of the game with a 21-4 run to take a 21-10 lead with 8:15 left on a Chastity Hopkins layup. The Garnet took the lead for good with 11:41 to go in the first half on a Kayla Moritzky three-pointer. Swarthmore would push the lead to 12 points at 31-19 on two free throws by Elle Larsen with 3:38 to go in the half. The Shorewomen closed out the half strong with a 7-1 run to cut the lead to 32-26 at the break. A triple by senior guard Katie Bay (Downingtown, Pa./Downingtown West) with six seconds left closed out the scoring in the half.
Bay hit two free throws to open the scoring in the second half to cut the lead to 32-28 with 19:31 remaining, but the Garnet scored the next eight points to take a 40-28 lead with 16:54 left in the game on a Deckard three. The Shorewomen though would go on a 13-4 run, including the last seven points of the spurt, to cut the lead to 44-41 with 10:27 to go in the contest on a jumper by junior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin). However, that's as close as Washington would get as Swarthmore outscored Washington 30-16 the rest of the way to come away with the win. The Garnet would lead by as many as 19 points at 65-46 with 4:05 to go on a pair of Mortizky free throws.
Larsen scored 23 points to lead all players and just missed a double-double as she pulled down nine rebounds for Swarthmore. Moritzky added 12 points and tied for game-high with five assists, while Katie Lytle netted 10 points and led all players with three blocks. Swarthmore shot 46% from the floor (25-for-54), 40% from three-point range (6-for-15) and 82% from the foul line (18-for-22). The Garnet held a 36-35 advantage on the boards, 32-16 in points in the paint and 15-5 in points off of turnovers. Swarthmore turned it over just six times.
Kendall had a career-best 13 points and eight rebounds to lead Washington in the game. Senior guard Claire Mattox (Arlington, Va./Potomac School) had five assists to tie Moritzky for game-high. Hubley had two steals to lead all participants. The Shorewomen shot 34% from the floor (20-for-59), 23% from three-point range (3-for-13) and 78% from the free throw stripe (14-for-18). WC held an 11-4 edge in second-chance points and a 25-11 advantage in bench points. The Shorewomen turned it over only 10 times.
Washington travels to McDaniel for a 7:00 p.m. conference game on Thursday night.