WC basketball seeks bounce back wins before a week-long break

By Dominic Rapposelli

Business and Distribution Manager

The Washington College Shorewomen are now sit at 3-3 overall after splitting their home games last week. The Shorewomen hosted Franklin and Marshall and Gettys- burg, a pair of Centennial Conference rivals.

The visiting Franklin and Marshall Diplomats fell by one point in a 43-42 WC vic- tory on Thursday, Nov. 30. The Shorewomen used a strong first quarter to propel them to victory as the game remained close through the final three quarters.

Junior guard Karry Kelliher continued her impressive campaign with an 18 point outing against the Diplomats, leading the team in scoring with an average of 13 points per contest.

Kelliher said getting the win to start conference play moves the team in a, “positive direction.”

Sophomore guard Abby Meredith also enjoyed an impressive showing against her former program. The player made impressive plays underneath to give the offense points when the team needed them most.

The Shorewomen dropped their next outing in a 69-57 loss to Gettysburg on Sat- urday, Dec. 3. Paving the way for the Shorewomen was senior forward Serena Pluta, leading the scorers of the game with 14 points. In her final run with the Shorewomen, Pluta said that her play on the court is part of her growing leadership role on the team.

“The best way I can lead this team is not just by saying how we can be successful, but by actively showing it as well. I think leading by doing is the most effective way to lead,” Pluta said

There are other bright spots for the team moving forward. Junior guard Kiersten Rose had back-to-back games against the Diplomats and Bullets where she hauled in a team high of 10 rebounds. The Shorewomen lead the conference in offensive rebounds.

“Our team put in a lot of work in the fall to get stronger and quicker. I think that has really helped and we have done a great job of running the offense and moving the ball,” Kelliher said.

The Shorewomen take on Stevenson next in a non-conference matchup before con-

tinuing conference play on Thursday, Dec. 7 against Bryn Mawr at 7 p.m at Cain Gym. WC men’s basketball dropped their fifth straight outing on Saturday, Dec. 2 in a 70-

39 home loss at the hands of the Gettysburg Bullets. Senior Kedrick Frink continues to be the scoring and rebound leader for the Shore-

men, averaging 17.3 points per game and wrapping up 49 rebounds thus far. Frink is third in the Centennial Conference in scoring and fifth in rebounds.

The WC defense has held up rather well, only allowing 67 points per game.

“We have done a great job so far holding our opponents on average to about 68 points per game and we focus on making it hard for them to score,” Frink said.

Going forward, the Shoremen continue conference play on Wednesday, Dec. 6 against the McDaniel Green Terror. The Shoremen then travel to Doylestown, Pa. to take on Delaware Valley in a non-conference game on Saturday, Dec. 9.

“We have one of the toughest conferences in Division III. With our lack of success last season I know teams will overlook Washington College on their schedules but I believe we will shock some of our opponents with the fight and effort we bring game in and game out,” Frink said.

Photo Courtesy of WC Athletics

Photo Caption: Junior Kiersten Rose brought in a team high of 10 rebounds during this weekend’s games, giving the Shorewomen the highest number of offensive rebounds in the conference.

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