Garnet Fend Off Shorewomen, 77-70

Garnet Fend Off Shorewomen, 77-70

Grundy Scores Game-High 21 Points in Loss

SWARTHMORE, Pa. — Host Swarthmore College started and finished strong en route to a 77-70 win over visiting Washington College in the Centennial Conference women's basketball opener for both schools tonight inside Tarble Pavilion. 

Swarthmore 77, Washington College 70

How It Happened
- The Garnet raced out to a 13-0 lead, holding the Shorewomen off the scoreboard until Emily Thiemann converted a lay-up with 4:02 remaining in the first quarter. That bucket opened a 12-3 run for Washington the rest of the quarter as they cut the deficit to four at 16-12 on a lay-up by Ali Grundy with eight seconds to go.
- The run continued into the second quarter as a Grundy three with 8:34 to go in the period cut the Swarthmore margin to one at 18-17. Washington took its first lead of the game on a fast-break lay-up by Cassidy Quattro off a steal by Bridget McLaughlin for a 21-20 Shorewomen advantage with 6:00 to go before halftime. Neither team led by more than three points the rest of the half as the Garnet took a narrow 33-32 lead into halftime.
- The next two-possession lead came with 6:22 remaining in the third quarter when Hayley Raymond made a pair of free throws for a 41-36 Garnet lead. A pair of traditional three-point plays by Abigail Pirron and Lindsay O'Sullivan opened up a 51-42 lead for the Garnet with 2:50 to play in the third quarter. Those six points were the beginning of an 11-2 spurt for the Garnet, whose lead grew to 12 at 56-44 on a pair of Maggie O'Neil three-pointers with 1:51 on the clock. A buzzer-beating bank shot by McLaughlin to end the quarter set the score at 58-52 in favor of Swarthmore.
- A McLaughlin jumper with 7:41 left in the fourth trimmed the margin back to two at 62-60 with 7:41 remaining. The Garnet lead stayed between two and four points until a Melanie Ackerman three-pointer for the Garnet with 4:48 to go gave Swarthmore a 68-63 advantage. An O'Sullivan lay-up with 2:54 to play staked out a seven-point Garnet lead at 72-65.
- A step-back three-pointer by Grundy sliced the deficit back down to two points at 72-70 with 1:58 left. O'Neil made a pair of free throws for Swarthmore on the other end to make it 74-70 with 1:38 to go. After the Shorewomen came up empty on the next possession, O'Sullivan made two free throws to extend the advantage to six points at 76-70 with 56 seconds remaining. A free throw by O'Neil with 16 seconds left provided the final margin. 

For the Shorewomen (1-3, 0-1 Centennial Conference)
- Grundy (21 points, 9-for-15 shooting, 3-for-4 three-point shooting); Quattro (15 points, 9 rebounds); McLaughlin (9 points), Caitlyn Clark (6 assists)
- The Shorewomen shot 41% from the field and sank 14 of 16 free-throws in the game. They were even with the Garnet in rebounds (37 each) and committed one fewer turnover (10 to 11).

For Swarthmore (1-3, 1-0 Centennial Conference)
- O'Sullivan (16 points, 8 rebounds); Ackerman (14 points, 4-for-9 three-point shooting); O'Neill (14 points); Kayla Sembly (10 points)
- The Garnet shot 42% from the field in the game. 

Up Next for the Shorewomen
12/1 @ McDaniel - 6:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)