By Chrissy Segrest
Elm Staff Writer
While all the other students on campus get five weeks off for winter break, the Shorewomen of the basketball team only get three. After finals in December, they headed to Miami to play some of the best competition in the game.
While in Miami, the team dropped a pair to Eastern Connecticut State and to nationally ranked #24 Widener University.
They started back up again in the new year, starting on Jan. 4. Over the course of the break, the Shorewomen found themselves on a losing streak, losing seven games in a row, most of which were conference opponents.
The team found themselves losing to Muhlenberg College, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, John Hopkins University, and McDaniel College.
The biggest loss came from John Hopkins, as the Shorewomen were leading until the fourth quarter. Had the Shorewomen won, this would be a historic season for them, as Washington College hasn’t beaten JHU since 2012.
WC outscored JHU in bench points, points off turnovers, transition points, and points in the paint. With all of this happening, the team was down seven players, and six of them had the flu.
One of their most recent conference games was a match up against #25 Gettysburg College in a home game on Saturday, Jan. 18. The Shorewomen fell 83-53; Gettysburg outscored WC in every quarter of the match as well as in rebounds, assists and fast break points.
The game started with a strong lead by Gettysburg, racking up 16 points compared to WC’s four before the end of the first quarter.
The Shorewomen were able to cut the lead by Gettysburg going into the second quarter, and sophomore Crystal Jones as she made a shot to bring down the gap to 29-20 by the third.
Going into the third, the Shorewomen continued to trail but were only outscored by three points by the Bullets.
WC managed to close the gap even further as Quattro scored to make it 50-35, but was soon overpowered by the Bullets who took the game with a 30-point difference.
Jones led the team in points and rebounds scoring 11 and seven respectively during the match. Senior forward Cassidy Quattro lead the team in assists, totaling two.
“There is still so much season left,” said Quattro. “Together, we have to go into every game feeling like it is a must win situation— because it is. We can still make playoffs if we win.”
There are nine games left in the season and if the Shorewomen win all nine, their record will be good enough to have a spot in the Centennial Conference playoffs.
WC currently sits at a 6-9 record on the year, with being 3-7 in conference.
The Shorewomen will have to outperform their counterparts in the remainder of their conference play in order to keep post-season within reach.