By: Andrew Chirico
To open its season, the Washington College Women’s basketball team traveled to New York to participate in the Manhattanville Battle of the Castle Tournament. The Shorewomen lost their first round game and season opener 62-49 against Norwich on Saturday. The team then picked up its first win of the season, beating Keuka College 63-55 on Sunday.
The first quarter was the Shorewomen’s lowest scoring one of the game, totaling just seven points in their first ever game divided into four quarters instead of two halves. The offense put up all of its points within the first five minutes, but then went scoreless in the last five. Meanwhile, Norwich scored 12 points in its first ten minutes of play.
WC started the second quarter strong, scoring the quarter’s first five points, which tied the game at 12-12. The Cadets of Norwich then went on to score four unanswered points in two minutes which eventually led to a 14-8 point run. Despite being outscored in both quarters, the Shorewomen found themselves down just six points heading into halftime.
The third quarter was the strongest for WC, outscoring Norwich 18-16, which was the only quarter it were able to outscore their opponents. Junior Ali Grundy scored seven points in the third. WC found it down just four points heading into the final quarter. That final quarter consisted of an early push by the Shorewomen, trimming their deficit to just 42-41 with 9:11 to go. Norwich then finished off the game strong, going on a game opening 20-8 run, giving them the win.
Grundy led the team with eight rebounds, four assists, and tied for the team high of 16 points with freshman Alexis Krahling. WC played small, scoring only six points in the paint, compared to Norwich’s 32 points scored down low. Although Head Coach Alisha Mosley played five off the bench, the bench only scored a total of four points.
The Shorewomen outscored the Wolfpack 18-13 in the first quarter, which was led by a seven-point spurt from Grundy. Keuka then outscored WC 20-14 in the second quarter, sending them into halftime with a single point lead.
Keuka advanced its lead to 42-34 midway through the third quarter. The Shorewomen offense then found fire and hit three straight three-pointers and trimmed the margin down to 45-43 in favor of Keuka to head into the final quarter of play. The fourth quarter was all WC, outscoring Keuka 20-10 in the final ten minutes and giving it an eight point victory.
Grundy had a career best and game high 23 points. With her 39 point performance in the tournament, she was named to the Manhattanville Battle of the Castle All-Tournament team. Grundy is optimistic towards the season after their first victory.
“It was great to get a win in the second game and especially against a competitive team like Keuka,” said Grundy. “If we play with that same energy and heart then there isn’t a team in the centennial conference we can’t compete with.”
Mosley is happy her young team was able to get their first win. But, realizes there is room for improvement.
“They needed to see that their hard work in paying off and that if they work harder, they can be even better,” she said. “We need to improve on are our rebounding. Both teams out rebounded us. We need to do a better job of boxing out and securing the rebounds.”