By John Niswander
The Shorewomen were able to complete a season sweep over Bryn Mawr last week, 51-42, behind sophomore guard Bridget McLaughlin’s 13 points.
“Tonight we had our ups and downs, but we are very happy we pulled out a win,” said captain guard Caitlyn Clark, sophomore.
After trailing 3-0 to start the game, WC used an 8-0 run to gain their first lead of the night. Senior captain Jordan Weir hit a three-pointer for the Shorewomen’s first points of the night.
The two teams exchanged buckets throughout the second quarter, but WC clung to a narrow 20-16 lead at halftime after ending the half on a 7-0 run.
“We picked up the pressure in the second half, that caused a few turnovers and we were able to capitalize,” said head coach Alisha Mosley.
The Shorewomen ended the third quarter on a 14-2 run that was capped off by a jumper from freshman Heather Rohwein.
“I would say our defense in the third quarter was what helped us get a larger lead,” Clark said.
Bryn Mawr made a late push to trim into the Shorewomen’s advantage, but WC finished the game hitting their final eight shots from the free throw line to help seal the win.
“It is always great to get a win, especially on the road. We made some really important stops, hit some clutch shots, and were able to secure the win with our foul shots at the end of the game,” said captain guard Gabby Winsky, senior.
With the win, the Shorewomen have now won the last 21 meetings against the Bryn Mawr Owls.
“Everyone that came into the game played their hardest and helped the team win,” Clark said.
WC closed out the week playing the final road game of the season at Franklin & Marshall. The Shorewomen grabbed an early 23-18 lead and carried it into halftime.
After the halftime break, Franklin & Marshall outscored WC 41-22 the rest of the game and prevailed for their sixth conference win on the year, 59-45.
“We had a good first half, but we knew they were going to come out even stronger in the second half, and they did,” Clark said.
Junior Kristi Kozlowski led the Shorewomen in scoring, and was the only WC player to finish in double digits with 12 points. She also finished with a game-high three blocks to go along with four rebounds, and an assist.
Sophomore Cassidy Quattro finished with a game-high nine rebounds to go along with seven points and a steal.
This game marked the seventh time this season that WC had 10 or more steals.
With the season winding down, the Shorewomen can reflect and look back at the year now.
“We definitely did not have the season that we would have liked to have. Thankfully, we are a fairly young team, and we learned from this season what we need to work on,” Clark said. “So now knowing what we need to work on, we are going to work that much harder in the offseason to be successful in the next few years.”
The Shorewomen will play their last game of the season at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17 at home vs. the Dickinson Red Devils. The last meeting between WC and Dickinson ended 70-52 at the Palestra in January. The game will serve as the Shorewomen’s Senior Day.