Falcone Pulls Down Career-High Nine Rebounds
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Host Ursinus broke open a seven point halftime lead by scoring 16 of the first 18 points of the second half en route to a 69-49 win over visiting Washington College in a Centennial Conference women's basketball game on Tuesday night at Helfferich Hall. The Bears are now 5-8 overall and 4-3 in the Centennial, while the Shorewomen fall to 5-9 and 1-6 respectively.
Ursinus led 8-7 with 16:28 to go in the first half following a second chance layup by Washington junior forward Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) before going on a 6-0 run to take a 14-7 lead with 12:22 left in the half on a Allie Cook free throw. The Shorewomen scored nine of the next 11 points to cut the hosts' lead to 16-14 with 10:14 left on a three-pointer by sophomore guard Daniela Falcone (Potomac, Md./Connelly School of the Holy Child). The Bears led 25-21 with 4:39 left after a pair of free throws by senior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) before the Bears pushed the lead up to eight at 29-21 with 3:48 left in the opening frame on two free throws by Jessica Porada. The Bears would take a 33-26 lead into halftime.
The Bears opened the second half with a 16-2 run to take a 49-28 lead with 13:45 left on a Porada lay-in. Ursinus would lead by as many as 22 points with 11:05 left in the contest on a Porada three-pointer at 54-32. Washington would respond with a 17-5 run to cut the Ursinus lead to 59-49 with 3:37 remaining on a Kendall second chance bunny. But the Shorewomen could draw no closer as the Bears scored the last 10 points of the game to provide the final margin.
Gianna Pownall scored a game-high 16 points for the Bears, while Porada added 15 points for the hosts. Alyssa Polimeni had 13 points, while Elana Roadcloud added 11 points to give the Bears four players in double figures. Polimeni had nine rebounds lead the Bears, while Pownall handed out four assists to tie for game-high. The Bears shot 43% from the floor (22-for-51), 14% from behind the arc (1-for-7) and 67% from the foul line (24-for-36). The Bears held a slim 43-41 edge on the boards, while turning it over 13 times, compared to 14 for Washington. The hosts also outscored the guests in points in the paint by a 30-10 margin.
Falcone grabbed a career-best nine rebounds to tie for game-high with Polimeni, while tying Pownall for tops in helpers with four, which ties her career-high in assists. Freshman forward/center Katherine Moore (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) had eight points to lead the team. WC outscored Ursinus in bench points, 30-10. The Shorewomen shot 25% from the floor (15-for-59), 23% from three-point land (3-for-13) and 73% from the charity stripe (16-for-22).
Each team scored 12 points in points off of turnovers.
The Shorewomen return to the court on Saturday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. game versus visiting Muhlenberg in Centennial Conference action. At 11:00 a.m. prior the game, there will be the women's alumni game.