Men’s and women’s basketball split win and loss in season opener for 2021-22 season

By Jensyn Hartzell
Sports Editor

The Washington College men’s basketball team opened their 2021-2022 season on Friday, Nov. 3. They competed against the Christopher Newport University Captains in Newport News, Va.

This was not a Centennial Conference match.

The Captains gained the lead early in the game. The Shoremen trailed behind by nine points four minutes into the game. The Captains remained in the lead for the rest of the game.

The Shoremen lost 37–102 to the Captains. 

Senior Tray Wright had the team-high in points (eight), rebounds (seven), and assists (three). Freshman Ethan Schwantes recorded two blocks, also a team-high.

The Shoremen shot an overall 25%from the floor, 8% outside of the three-point range, and 53% from the free throw line compared to the Captains shooting an overall 53%, 39% for three-pointers, and 65% for free throws.

The Shoremen will play again on Thursday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. against out-of-Conference Mount St. Mary’s University at an away.

The WC women’s basketball team opened their season at home on Saturday, Nov. 6 against the non-Conference Notre Dame of Maryland University Gators.

The Gators started off strong with a 4–16 lead over the Shorewomen in the first quarter. The Shorewomen were able to close the lead in the second quarter by scoring 17 points, making the score 24–26.

With two minutes until halftime, senior Crystal Jones tied the game with a jumper at 26–26.

The Shorewomen continued increasing their lead in the third and fourth quarter. After two free throws from sophomore Kaleigh White, making the score 31–29, the Shorewomen remained in the lead for the rest of the game.

The first nine points of the fourth quarter were scored by the Shorewomen. Sophomore Serena Pluta capped the run with a layup at 56–40.

The game ended at 71–51, Shorewomen.

Juniors Andrea Prestianne scored a career-high and team-best of 17 points and Lizzie Hudock had three steals. Senior Madeline Williams had the game-best of seven assists. White also scored 11 points.

Freshman Kiersten Rose had a game-best of 15 rebounds and 11 points, meaning she achieved a double-double in her first collegiate game.

According to the WC Athletics website, Rose is the first Shorewoman to do this since Emily Thiemann ’19 in 2018. Rose is also the first Shorewoman to earn a double-double since Cassidy Quattro ’20 in 2020.

The Shorewomen shot an overall 41%from the floor with 31% from outside the three point line and 52% at the foul line. The Gators shot an overall 37% with 31% from the three-point line and 52 percent at the foul line.

The Shorewomen will compete again on Saturday, Nov. 13, against out-of-Conference opponent Montclair State University in York, Pa. The game will start at 4 p.m.

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Featured Photo Caption: Shorewomen comeback in second half in home-opener against Gators, while Shoremen fall to Captains.

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