By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
The road to success continued for the Shorewomen basketball team as they snatched a tight matchup against Swarthmore winning 52-50. This was the closest game the team competed in, and they were able to come home with a big victory.
The offense came out firing in the first half. WC captured the game’s first eight points. The Shorewomen controlled most of the first half, until the six minute mark. Swarthmore gained some momentum before the end of the first half, going on a huge 13-3 run. This run was still not enough to outscore the Shorewomen as WC held a three point lead at half, 28-25.
The Garnet carried their momentum over into the second half as they went on another run, outscoring WC 21-9 to open up a double digit lead. With a little under eight minutes remaining, WC was able to cut off the Garnet’s success. WC went on a much needed 12-2 run to claim the lead. Sophomore guard Ali Grundy led the team with 14 points.
“It was a really big confidence boost for us. It’s the first game where we had a comeback win, and it was really important to win the last two games on the road,” Grundy said.
Following Grundy was junior guard Emily Hubley with 11 points, knocking down three 3-pointers. Hubley also had an impressive day on the glass, recording seven rebounds and dishing out six assists. This two point road victory meant a lot to the team.
“We stayed together at the end and believed we could win,” head coach Alisha Mosley said. “We made plays down the stretch, and this was a great team win. With our leading post scorer being out, we relied a lot on our freshman post players this game, and they lived up to the challenge. Everyone stepped up to help us get this victory.”
WC rolled the momentum with them over to the Cain Athletic Center as they were able to ring the victory bell after defeating Franklin & Marshall 69-55, winning their third game in a row. With the victory, the Shorewomen obtained their longest winning streak of the season, coming at an important phase in the season before playoffs.
The Shorewomen won their game with their depth, as their bench outscored the Dip’s bench 21-1. It was a dominating performance on the boards as well for the Shorewomen, who outrebounded Franklin and Marshall 51-37.
An important 25-8 run allowed for WC to cushion their lead. Winning streaks are not the only thing changing for the team. Hubley had her fourth game in a row, scoring in the double digits and dropping a team high of 15 points. Along with her 15 points came 11 rebounds which gave Hubley her second double-double of the season.
WC ended the week with an 8-13 overall record, fairing 4-10 in conference matchups. Franklin and Marshall fell to 5-16 overall with a 2-12 conference record.
The team will travel to Haverford on the 11th to try and improve a 3-8 away record. The Shorewomen previously lost to the Fords in a 54-57 heartbreaking loss. Following their matchup against Haverford, Ursinus will visit on the 14th, allowing for a chance to get an even record on home court.