Mitchell Scores Team-Best 14 Points; Kendall Tallies First Career Double-Double
Gwynedd Valley, Pa. – Host Gwynedd Mercy closed out the first half on a 19-4 run to turn a 19-18 lead into a 38-22 halftime cushion en route to a 76-60 victory over visiting Washington College on Friday night in the first round of the 2013 Gwynedd Mercy Tip-Off Tournament at the Griffin Complex in a non-conference women's basketball game. It was the season opener for both teams and the debut for Shorewomen head coach Alisha Mosley.
Gwynedd Mercy (1-0) had its lead cut to 19-18 with 6:37 left in the first half when Washington (0-1) sophomore forward Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) canned a jumper. Just 23 seconds later, Kelsey Yori drained a three-pointer to give the Griffins a 22-18 lead and would ignite the 19-4 run. Gwynedd-Mercy's Charlotte Kucowski made a layup with 5:02 left in the first half that gave the Griffins a nine-point lead at 27-18 as the hosts scored eight straight points in 72 seconds. After a layup by Washington senior forward Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) made a lay-in with 4:37 left to cut the lead to 27-20, the Griffins scored eight straight points to make it 35-20 with 1:04 remaining in the first half on a Lauren Smith layup. Pledger cut the lead to 35-22 with 47 ticks left on a lay-in, but Jordan Dominic sank a three-pointer with 23 ticks left to close out the first-half scoring to give the Griffins a 38-22 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Griffins led by as many as 24 points at 53-29 with 15:25 left in the contest on a Chandler DiFebbo fast-break layup after she stole the ball from the Shorewomen. WC would get it as close as 13 points at 69-56 with 3:50 left in the game on a pair of free throws by freshman guard Ali Grundy (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga), but could draw no closer and the Griffins held on for the 16-point victory.
Dominic led all players with 15 points and five assists to lead the way for the Griffins as four players reached double figures in points. DiFebbo and Natasha Matthews each scored 13 points for the hosts, while Nicole Dougherty had 12 points and totaled a game-best five steals. DiFebbo led the squad with six rebounds in the win. Gwynedd Mercy had 13 steals in the win, shot 39% from the floor (28-for-71), 37% from three-point range (7-for-19) and 72% from the foul line (13-for-18).
Senior guard Kelly Mitchell (Laurel, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross) led the Shorewomen with 14 points and tied Dominic for game-high in three-pointers made with four. Kendall had her first career double-double with career-highs of 10 points and a game-high 13 boards. Pledger contributed with 13 points and seven rebounds for WC. Sophomore guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) had four assists to lead the team. The Shorewomen shot 28% from the floor (17-for-61), 36% from beyond the arc (5-for-14) and 75% from the charity stripe (21-for-28).
Washington will play Scranton tomorrow at noon in the consolation game of the tournament. Scranton fell to Montclair State, 86-75, earlier on Friday night.