Washington is 4th seed in CC basketball tournament; to host 1st-round game

LANCASTER, Pa. — Washington will host Ursinus on Tuesday night, Feb. 20 in a first-round game in the Centennial Conference women’s basketball tournament.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Washington and Ursinus split during the regular season, each team winning at home by the identical 59-53 score.

The Shore ladies pinned down the No. 4 seed on Saturday, Feb. 17 with a 58-51 win at Franklin & Marshall, and after receiving the necessary help with Dickinson’s 83-65 win over Ursinus and Swarthmore’s 71-57  loss at Johns Hopkins. 

Saturday was the final day of the Centennial’s regular season.

The locals finished with a flurry, winning six of their last seven games.

Washington’s only loss in that span was earlier this week at home to No. 12-ranked Johns Hopkins, which is the tournament’s overall top seed.

Saturday in Lancaster, host F&M (5-15 CC, 10-15) scored the first five points and led 9-8 at the end of the opening frame.

Washington (11-9 CC, 14-11) knotted the score at 9 on a Serena Pluta free throw that started a run of seven unanswered points.

A pair of Pluta free throws with 6 minutes, 50 seconds to play before the break gave Washington the lead for good, 11-9.

The Shore ladies took their largest lead of the first half at 22-11 when Kiersten Rose made the back end of a two-shot foul with 2:10 to go.

The spread was nine points, 22-13, at intermission.

Washington led by as many as 13 points twice in the third quarter, at 36-23 on a Kaitlyn Boggs’ layup with 3:40 to go and 38-25 on a pair of Emma Robinson’s free throws 39 seconds later.

The Shore ladies carried a 42-32 lead into the final frame.

F&M battled back to make it a one-possession game, 52-50, on a Lizzie Neville 3-pointer with 47 seconds remaining, prompting Washington coach Alisha Mosley to call a time-out.

On the restart, Pluto answered for the visitors with a traditional three-point play that started a 6-1 run over the final 42 seconds.

Pluta led all players with 21 points, which included 15-of-18 from the free-throw line. Her 15 free throws is one off the program mark that Karen Simos ’04 set in 2003 against F&M.

As a team, Washington was 25-of-30 from the stripe.

Boggs and Karry Kelliher contributed 10 and nine points, respectively.

WC’s Kiersten Rose led all players with 10 rebounds; Pluta, Boggs and Kelliher each had five rebounds.

Washington led 45-30 under the glass and outscored F&M in second-chance points, 17-3.

WHAT’S NEXT: Washington is playing in the Centennial Conference tournament for the third year in a row under coach Mosley. 

Johns Hopkins (23-2) won the top seed over No. 23-ranked Gettysburg (22-3) on a coin toss; both teams went 19-1 in the conference, losing to each other.

Gettysburg is the two-time defending conference champion and was picked to three-peat in a preseason poll of Centennial coaches — collecting nine of the 11 first-place votes.

Dickinson (15-5 CC, 18-7) is the No. 3 seed and will host No. 6 seed Swarthmore (10-10, 12-13) on Tuesday night in the other first-round game.

Johns Hopkins has hosting rights throughout the tournament.

JHU and Gettysburg will host a semifinal on Friday night.

The championship game is Sunday, Feb. 25 at the highest remaining seed.

Hopkins’ 23 total wins and 19 conference wins are program records for the most in the regular season.

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