Shore cagers win big at Haverford; are 6-3 at holiday break

HAVERFORD, Pa. -– Holding their hosts to only six points in the second half on 3-of-26 shooting from the field, Washington’s women scored a 44-27 victory Dec. 9 at Haverford.

This was Washington’s third win in a row, and second against a Centennial Conference rival in three days.

The Shore ladies head into the winter break at 6-3 on the season, 3-2 in the conference.

They won for the first time at Haverford since 2011.

Washington closed out the Dec. 9 game on a 21-2 run that bridged the third and fourth quarters.

Haverford led 25-23 on an Audrey Jakway lay-in with 2 minutes, 22 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Less than a minute later, Kaleigh White made two free throws to deadlock at 25.

Peyton Berger’s jumper in the paint 1:03 after that put Washington ahead for good, 27-25.

The first of White’s free throws with 1:43 remaining started a 6-0 run to end the quarter.

The Shore ladies led 29-25 with 10 minutes to play.

Washington opened the fourth-quarter scoring with 10 unanswered points, stretching the spread to 39-25 on two more White free throws at the 4:40 mark. She finished 6-of-6 from the stripe.

Abby Ryan’s jumper with 2:31 to go halted the Fords’ extended scoring drought, but at that point they were playing a futile game of catch-up.

Washington pitched a shutout the rest of the way, salting away the victory with a Karry Kelliher jumper just inside the 2-minute mark and a layup and free throw from Serena Pluta over the final 33 seconds.

With 14 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, Washington’s Kelliher was the only player for either team to score in double digits.

Pluta (nine points) and Kaitlyn Boggs (seven points, three blocks) each had eight rebounds to lead all players as Washington had a commanding 47-27 advantage under the glass.

Freshman guard Shae Mercer was the top scorer for the Fords with nine points on 3-of-11 shooting from the field, including 1-of-4 from outside the arc, and 2-of-3 in free throws.

As a team, Haverford (3-5, 1-4 CC) shot only 22.4% from the field.

The Fords’ 27 points is the fewest allowed by Washington’s women this season, and the fewest allowed by either side in their 59 all-time meetings.

Washington returns to action Dec. 30 at Ramapo (New Jersey).

Meantime, Haverford will travel to La Isla del Encanto for the Puerto Rico Clasico, Dec. 29-30, with games against Carroll (Wisconsin.) and No. 22-ranked Mary Washington.

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