Garnet Get Better of Shorewomen, 80-67

Garnet Get Better of Shorewomen, 80-67

Hubley Totals 16 Points To Lead WC

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Swarthmore's Katie Lytle had 20 points and game-bests of 17 rebounds and five steals to lift host Swarthmore past visiting Washington College, 80-67, on Wednesday night at Tarble Pavilion in a Centennial Conference women's basketball game.  The Garnet improve to 13-10 overall and 8-9 in the Centennial, while the Shorewomen fall to 7-16 and 6-11 respectively.

The Garnet raced out to a 7-0 lead just 3:17 into the game on an Elle Larsen layup.  The Shorewomen would level the game at 14-14 with 12:21 left in the first half on two free throws by sophomore forward Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area).  Washington would take its first lead of the night with 11:58 left in the first on a jumper by senior guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) at 16-14.  However, Swarthmore responded by scoring the next seven points to take a 21-16 lead with 8:52 remaining in the half on a Lytle free throw.  The Shorewomen scored the next five points, all by junior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) to tie the game at 21-21 with 7:40 on a Hubley three-point basket.  Swarthmore trailed 25-23 with 5:14 left in the half following two free throws by Hubley before going on a half-closing 17-4 run to take a 40-29 lead into halftime.  Lytle put the hosts ahead for the rest of the contest at 26-25 with 4:56 remaining on a triple and Maggie O'Neil's three just before the half gave the Garnet an 11-point lead into halftime as it hit the front rim, bounced off the backboard and dropped in with seconds remaining. 

In the second half, Swarthmore took a 49-36 lead with 16:21 left on a Jordyn Bell jumper.  Washington would cut the lead to seven at 57-50 with 7:51 left on a triple by senior guard Katie Bay (Downington, Pa./Downingtown West).  The Garnet however went on a 10-2 run to take their biggest lead of the game at 67-52 with 3:52 left on a Stephanie Lechich three-pointer.  The Shorewomen would get it down to seven points again at 70-63 with 1:33 on a Mitchell trey and forced a turnover on the inbounds pass after a timeout.  However, Mitchell's three would be blocked by Lytle and she was fouled getting to the loose ball.  She would can both from the foul line to make it 72-63 with 1:29 to go.  But the Shorewomen got no closer and the Garnet held on for the win by making eight free throws in the final 89 seconds.

Kayla Moritzky had 21 points and seven assists to lead all players in the win.  O'Neil had 16 points and a contest-high four blocked shots, while Larsen netted 12 points.  Swarthmore shot 39% from the floor (23-for-59), 41% from three-point range (9-for-22) and 86% from the foul line (25-for-29).  Swarthmore turned it over just seven times and had nine steals.

Hubley scored 13 of her team-high 16 points for Washington in the loss, while Mitchell bagged 13 points on 5-for-10 shooting.  Senior guard Claire Mattox (Arlington, Va./Potomac School) had five assists to lead the team, while senior forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, N.C./Bishop McGuiness) had 10 boards to lead the visitors.  The Shorewomen shot 36% from the floor (27-for-75), 43% from three-point land and 70% from the charity stripe (7-for-10).  WC held a 49-39 edge in rebounds.

The Shorewomen will conclude their season on Saturday afternoon at with a 2:00 p.m. game against Johns Hopkins at the Cain Athletic Center.