By John Niswander
The Washington College women’s basketball team earned their first win in the month of January last week. After falling on the road to McDaniel, they rebounded to complete the season sweep over Swarthmore.
Against McDaniel, the Shorewomen battled back from an early 18-4 deficit, and only trailed by five going into halftime.
“We suffered from a slow start and poor shooting percentage. McDaniel is a tough nose team that loves to pressure. We did a much better job handling their pressure this time around though, which I was proud of,” Head Coach Alisha Mosley said.
WC continued to fight back in the second half and cut the deficit to just one point on Caitlyn Clark three-pointer with six minutes to play. However, WC was held without a made field goal the rest of the way.
“Our team for the most part fought hard for all 40 minutes we were out on the court and showed heart,” Clark said.
Two days later, WC hit the road again to play Swarthmore for the second time this season.
Sophomore Bridget McLaughlin pulled a career-high nine rebounds in 27 minutes of action off the bench to help WC sweep Swarthmore for the first time in 19 years.
“I was happy for our girls. They have been working so hard, so to get one on the road is a great win. Swarthmore is an amazing program with a lot of talented players. Anytime you can sweep a team in this conference, it is an amazing feat,” Coach Mosley said.
The 64-55 win over host Swarthmore was also WC’s first road win on the season.
“We picked up the intensity in the end of the first quarter and scored 24 points in the second quarter. Everyone stepped up the minutes they were in the game and everything came together,” Clark said.
The rest of the team consists of the highly promising core of seven freshmen and six sophomores. The sophomore class stands out in particular, as it is Coach Aaron Goodman’s first recruiting class when he took over as head coach in the spring of 2015. It’s safe to say that the future looks bright for the Shorewomen and there could be a new powerhouse in the CC for many years to come.