By John Niswander
The Washington College women’s basketball team traveled to the historic Palestra in Philadelphia, Penn. last week to take on Dickinson College. Sophomore Cassidy Quattro scored a team-high 15 points in the 70-62 Shorewomen loss.
“It was an amazing experience to play at the Palestra where so many amazing players and coaches have played and coached at in the past. I was proud of our team’s effort and never give up attitude,” Head Coach Alisha Mosley said.
WC held an early 6-3 lead on the scoreboard before Dickinson went on a 9-1 run to regain the lead which they held for the remainder of the game.
“The slow start in the first quarter really hurt us, but I am proud of our performance in the second half,” Mosley said.
Sophomore guard Caitlyn Clark played a team-high 38 minutes and was one rebound away from reaching a double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.
“Our team has been going through a rough stretch and we were very disappointed to lose, but the atmosphere at the Palestra was special,” Clark said.
Senior Kat Moore provided a spark off the bench for the Shorewomen. Similar to Clark, Moore finished just one rebound shy of a double-double with 12 points and nine rebounds.
“After the post-game locker room talk, Coach reminded us how lucky we were to have played in this gym and made sure we all took the time to walk around and read some of the history,” Clark said. “It is safe to say everyone really enjoyed the day and loved playing at the Palestra.”
WC ended the week playing a road game at Johns Hopkins. The Shorewomen started strong, but were unable to prevail in the end and lost 70-52.
“We definitely started out the game strong in the first quarter again. What we need to build on is carrying that same energy through the entire game and finishing the game as strong as we start them,” Clark said.
WC led 15-14 after one quarter of play. The Hopkins defense began to stifle the Shorewomen at 8 points in the second quarter while Hopkins gained the lead.
“We were doing fine handling their man-to-man defense and getting great looks, but unfortunately we had a bit of trouble with their 2-3 zone,” Clark said.
Junior Kristi Kozlowski led WC in scoring off the bench with 14 points in 24 minutes and rebounds with six.
The only other Shorewoman to finish with double digits was Quattro who scored 15.
WC will look to improve upon their current 4-11, 2-8 record in the final 10 games of the season, all of which are conference games.