Hubley, O'Connell Turn in Strong Performances on Senior Day
CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Host Washington College held visiting Ursinus College to 23.7% shooting from the field en route to a 59-44 Centennial Conference women's basketball victory this afternoon inside Cain Athletic Center. The Shorewomen improved to 9-14 overall and 5-11 in conference play, while the Bears fell to 8-15 and 6-10.
The Shorewomen used a 14-3 run to build a 29-20 advantage on a lay-up by junior forward Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) with 1:18 remaining in the first half. Olivia Kane got the Bears to back within six points by knocking down a three-pointer with 37 seconds to go before the intermission to set the halftime score at 29-23 in favor of the Shorewomen.
Washington held a 33-24 lead with under 15 minutes remaining in the game before the Bears reeled off 11 unanswered points to take a 35-33 lead on a lay-up by Jessica Porada with 10:53 on the clock. The Shorewomen pulled back even when junior guard Kelly Sugalski (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) knocked down a jumper in transition with 10:17 left and regained the lead when Sugalski beat the shot-clock buzzer with a triple with 9:12 remaining, putting Washington ahead, 38-35. Those two buckets by Sugalski ignited a 14-1 run by the Shorewomen, who took their largest lead of the game yet at 47-36 on a step-back three-pointer by Kendall with 5:40 to go. Washington led by at least eight points the rest of the way.
On Senior Day, both of Washington's seniors turned in strong performances. Senior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) led all scorers with 15 points on 7-for-14 shooting and dished out three assists, while senior guard Jackie O'Connell (Northampton, Pa./Northampton Area) scored nine points and handed out four assists. Kendall had an impressive all-around game with 10 points, 13 rebounds, five steals, and three assists. Freshman forward Brynne Brouse (Slatington, Pa./Parkland) scored nine points and had six rebounds, while Sugalski finished with eight points off the bench.
Kane led the Bears with 11 points, while Alyssa Polimeni added nine points, eight rebounds, and a game-high five assists.
The Shorewomen shot 40% from the field in the game, while Ursinus was just 9-for-42 from two-point range and 5-for-17 from three.
The Shorewomen return to action Wednesday with their home finale, a 6:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game against Swarthmore.