Shorewomen Return to Court with 74-63 Win Over St. John Fisher
Pledger Scores 15 Points, Grabs Career-Best 15 Boards
WASHINGTON, DC -- Sophomore forward/center Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) scored 15 points and brought down a career-best 15 rebounds as the Washington College women's basketball team defeated St. John Fisher, 74-63, in the first round of the Catholic University of America Holiday Tournament this afternoon in Washington, DC.
The Shorewomen (5-4) built a 31-21 lead with 6:06 to go in the first half before St. John Fisher (3-6) ran off 12 straight points to take a 33-31 leaden a lay-up by Meghan Soja with 2:11 of the clock. Neither team scored again before Washington junior center Erin Kile (Benton, PA/Benton) converted a put-back with five seconds on the clock to even the score at 33-33 at the intermission.
The Shorewomen held a 41-40 lead with just over 14 minutes to play before going on a 23-6 run, capped off by a lay-up by sophomore forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, NC/Bishop McGuiness) with 6:09 to play, to open up a 64-46 cushion and break the game open.
Pledger was one of two Shorewomen to record a double double in the game as Fitzgerald added 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocked shots. Sophomore guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, MD/Academy of the Holy Cross) led the Shorewomen in scoring, netting 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting from the floor, including a 4-for-6 performance from three-point range. Senior guard Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area) collected a career-high 14 rebounds and handed out six assists, while senior guard Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic) scored 12 points.
St. John Fisher's Portia Velasco led all scorers with 24 points, while Camaryn Buckner added 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Cardinals. Soja finished with nine points and nine boards.
Washington dominated the glass in the game, hauling in 64 rebounds to the Cardinals' 42.
The Shorewomen will play host Catholic in tomorrow's championship game at 2:00 p.m. The two teams opened their respective seasons against each other on November 15th with the Shorewomen posting a 48-46 win. Since that game, Catholic has run off nine wins in a row.