Shorewomen Hold Off Garnet to Win Centennial Opener, 55-51

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Bridget McLaughlin matched her career high with 19 points as host Washington College topped visiting Swarthmore College, 55-51, in the Centennial Conference women's basketball opener for both teams tonight inside Cain Athletic Center.

Washington College 55, Swarthmore 51

How It Happened
- A Taylor Samuels three-pointer with 2:16 left in the first quarter sparked an 8-3 spurt for the Shorewomen to end the quarter and give them a 14-9 lead.
- That 8-3 spurt became a 15-3 run as the Shorewomen opened the second quarter with seven straight points to build a 21-9 cushion on an Emily Thiemann put-back with 7:45 to go in the period. The Garnet scored the next seven points to close the gap to 21-16 on a pair of free throws by Elizabeth Stiles with 5:08 to go, but the offense was hard to come by for either team the rest of the quarter as Washington brought a 26-20 lead into the
- The Shorewomen opened the third quarter with four points to rebuild a double-digit lead at 30-20. Washington held an 11-point lead before a pair of Kendall Tribus three-pointers trimmed the margin to 33-28 with 3:58 left in the quarter. The Shorewomen scored the next seven points, however, to open up a 40-28 advantage on a transition bucket by McLaughlin with 43 seconds to play. Washington led, 40-30, after three quarters.
- Swarthmore slowly whittled the lead down to one possession on a free throw by Audra Woodside with 4:02 left to make it 46-43 and a three-pointer by Kim Kockenmeister with 3:07 to go knotted the score at 48-48. 
- Thiemann put the Shorewomen back in front, 50-48, with a jumper with 2:09 to go and Cassidy Quattro sank a pair of free throws with 1:37 to play to push the Washington advantage to four. A lay-up by Kockenmeister and a free throw by Jayna Jones cut the margin to one with 48.8 seconds left. Caitlyn Clark made one free throw with 40.8 seconds left for a 53-51 Shorewomen lead. The Garnet came up empty on the next trip down and Clark went to the line with 9.7 seconds remaining. She made the first free throw to extend the lead to 54-51 and then missed the second, but Samuels grabbed the offensive rebound and Washington called timeout with 8.6 seconds to go. Alexis Krahling then went to the line for Washington with 7.3 seconds left and made the second of two free throws for a critical two-possession lead at 55-51. The Garnet turned the ball over on the ensuing possession and the Shorewomen held on for the win.

For the Shorewomen (3-1, 1-0 Centennial Conference)
- McLaughlin (career high-tying 19 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds); Thiemann (8 points, career-high 15 rebounds); Quattro (9 points, 7 rebounds); Clark (5 points, 5 assists, 8 rebounds)
- The Shorewomen shot 29% from the field, 2-for-8 from three-point range, and 13-for-22 from the foul line. They held a 54-49 rebounding advantage.  

For Swarthmore (1-3, 0-1 Centennial Conference)
- Stiles (9 points, 3 steals); Kockenmeister (9 points); Erin Cronin (8 points, 12 rebounds, 3 blocks)
- The Garnet shot 24% from the field, 4-for-14 from three-point range, and 17-of-24 at the free-throw line. 

Notes
- At 3-1 overall, this is the Shorewomen's best start to a season in head coach Alisha Mosley's six-year tenure as their head coach and best since starting 4-0 in the 2012-13 season.
- McLaughlin was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Game. 

Up Next
11/27 @ McDaniel - 7:30 p.m. (Centennial Conference game)