Shorewomen take on tough week in conference: The women’s basketball team plays centennial conference competitors McDaniel, Muhlenberg, and Johns Hopkins

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Elm Staff Writer

The Shorewomen had a tough task ahead of them as they had three games this past week. All three were Centennial Conference games, so their outcomes effect playoff scores down the road.

On Tuesday, Nov. 27, the Washington College women’s basketball team traveled to Westminster to play McDaniel College. They won with a double-digit score of 57-47 against the Green Terror.

As a team, the Shorewomen had a dominating away performance. In every category, the team outperformed McDaniel. Junior Bridget McLaughlin led WC in points with 14, while senior Kristi Kozlowski led in rebounds with 9.

In the final five minutes of the game, the Shorewomen caught fire and went on a 13-2 scoring drive to take home the win.

The next game took place on Thursday, Nov. 29 away at Muhlenberg College. This game would turn out to be a challenge, as the Shorewomen lost 61-37.

During this game, the Shorewomen were hard-pressed to hold a lead. Muhlenberg continued to outscore  the Shorewomen steadily throughout the game. Kozlowski scored the team-high in points with eight, and junior Caitlyn Clark managed four steals, marking a new high in a single contest.

The final game was at home versus John’s Hopkins University. This game was close until the final minutes.

In the fourth quarter, Johns Hopkins ran away with the lead. eventually winning 63-45.

McLaughlin led the team in points again, scoring 11. Senior Emily Theimann led WC in rebounds with eight. In the first three quarters, WC trailed Hopkins by no more than five points. In the fourth quarter, the Blue Jays ran the court, outscoring WC 20 to 12 to solidify the win.

The team’s overall record goes to 4-3, while the Centennial Conference record goes to 2-2.

Coming into the week, junior point guard Caitlyn Clark knew the importance of these three games.        

“I believe we are well prepared with two huge away games against McDaniel and Muhlenberg, and another huge game against Hopkins at home on Saturday.”

Clark said the game plan was to approach one game at a time and practice hard and well.   

“We have been picking up the tempo in practice and pressuring each other more to get us prepared for the pressure that we will face against these three teams,” she said.

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