Szlosek fuels Gettysburg comeback victory against Haverford

Mackenzie Szlosek sparked a 17-2 run, helping the Gettysburg College women’s basketball team overcome an eight-point deficit and pull from Haverford Tuesday in a 55-40 win. It was the Bullets’ first home game of the new year.

Szlosek scored 14 points, all of which came in the final quarter when the Bullets put the game away. She also added seven rebounds and one block. Emily Violante was seven-for-seven in free throw shooting and kept the Bullets in the game during the third quarter. She ended with 13 points and four rebounds. Marah McHugh scored eight points and grabbed six boards.

Ally Landau was the only Haverford player in double digits with 17 points.

An early Haverford 3-pointer ballooned to an eight-point lead as the Fords kept the Bullets largely off the board for the first seven minutes of the game. A 5-2 Haverford run to start the second quarter yielded a 10-point lead for the visitors. Baskets by McHugh and Alayna Arnolie brought the score within 21-19, but the Fords hit a jumper with 1:25 remaining and a buzzer-beater to hold a six-point advantage at the half. Violante responded to several Haverford baskets with sharp free-throw shooting to keep the Fords to under a 10-point gap. After knocking down her second pair at the line, she laid one in to cut the gap to just three. Just over 90 seconds later, Lee took a second-chance shot to make it a one-point game. Tatum Murray and Kimberly Hopkins each made two free throws to tie the game for the first time before another Haverford buzzer-beater gave them the one-possession advantage once more.

That was as close as Haverford would get the rest of the way. Szlosek knocked down her first shot of the night, which quickly turned into 11 more points to establish a Gettysburg 52-38 lead. Arnolie and Lee also made key shots in the stretch. McHugh and AB Holsinger hit another shot each for a 55-40 Gettysburg final.

Gettysburg returns to action Saturday against Bryn Mawr. Game time is 1 p.m.

The original version of this story first appeared on the Gettysburg College website.

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