By Jordan Fairchild
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College women’s basketball team traveled to Carlisle, Pa., to verse Dickinson College for the Centennial Conference Tournament opener on Tuesday, Feb. 22.
The Shorewomen and the Red Devils were neck-and-neck throughout the first quarter, but junior Joy Sanders boosted the Shorewomen to secure the largest lead of either team during the first quarter of the competition, 8–4.
The Red Devils responded with a five-point run, which put them in the lead by one point with less than 10 minutes left in the quarter. A three-point shot from senior Crystal Jones cut the Red Devils’ run and gave the Shorewomen an 11–9 lead.
At the end of the first half, the Shorewomen held a one-point lead of 16–15.
Junior Lizzie Hudock’s back-to-back scores put the Shorewomen ahead 20–17, a lead they maintained for the remainder of the competition in the third quarter. In addition, scoring drives from senior Madeline Williams and freshman Kiersten Rose broadened the lead for the Shorewomen.
The Shorewomen kept the Red Devils from scoring for over five minutes in the fourth quarter and took an eight-point lead with 4:16 remaining in the game.
The score ended at 47-39, Shorewomen.
Junior Andrea Prestianne had a game-high 11 points. Williams added 10 points and five rebounds. Rose secured the game-high in rebounds with 11 total. Hudock also grabbed 10 rebounds and scored six points.
“This season has taught me that hard work pays off and having a family atmosphere within the team really helps to create a great outcome and amazing friendships,” Hudock said. “This season has also taught me how to overcome obstacles and help each other get through it and grow.”
The Shorewomen shot 33.3% overall, 30% from the three-point range, and 62.5% from the foul line.
The 47-39 victory for the Shorewomen against the Red Devils propelled them forward to the semi-final matchup in the Conference Tournament against top-seeded Gettysburg College on Friday, Feb. 25.
During the first quarter, junior Serena Pluta scored the first four points for the Shorewomen.
The Shorewomen trailed behind the Bullets, but Jones and Prestianne each netted three-pointers to cut the Bullets’ lead to 11–11. The Bullets continued to push back and, by halftime, led 33–27.
Another three-pointer from Prestianne brought the Shorewomen within four points of the Bullets in the third quarter.
The Bullets regained the advantage, 52–41, entering the fourth quarter.
Pluta put away a three-point shot with 5:35 remaining in the contest, but the Shorewomen were unable to come back from the deficit and the final score was 64–54, a loss for the Shorewomen.
Pluta scored 14 points and achieved a career-best 15 rebounds during the matchup. Jones came away with 12 points and Prestianne had 10.
The Shorewomen shot 28.1% overall during the contest. They were 37.5% from the three-point range and shot 75% from the free-throw line.
“Although we didn’t come home with the championship, I am very content with how we ended the season,” Jones said. “I think everyone on the team was fully committed to our team and gave 110% this season. We have accomplished more than any other team in WC women’s basketball history and I take pride in that fact.”
“We were ranked ninth out of 11 in the preseason rankings and ended up fourth,” Prestianne said. “That is a true testament to our hard work and determination. No matter what anyone thinks or tells you, you can prove them wrong.”
With a program-best 17 wins, the Shorewomen had a historic season. They finished 17–10 overall, 12–8 in Conference.
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