Senior Ashley Gehrin (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendham) and junior Meredith Brown (Landisburg, Pa./West Perry) both nearly finished with a double-double as Gettysburg College advanced to the Centennial Conference Championship for the fourth consecutive season with a 63-49 win against Johns Hopkins University Friday night inside Gooding Arena.
Top Performers – Gettysburg
– Ashley Gehrin ’20 – 14 points, 9-of-12 FT, 8 rebounds, 2 assists
– Tori Yantsos ’22 – (Rockville, Md./Holy Child) – 11 points, 6-of-11 FT
– Meredith Brown ’21 – 9 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 assists
– Emma Hahner ’20 – (Forest Hill, Md./C. Milton Wright) – 9 rebounds, 4 assists
Top Performers – Johns Hopkins
– Diarra Oden – 17 points, 2 steals
– Erin Walsh – 12 points, 2 rebounds
– Emily Howie – 10 rebounds, 5 assists
How It Happened…
- The opening quarter was low scoring, defensive battle between the Bullets and the Blue Jays. Gehrin scored the game’s first bucket, but the next set of points did not happen until the Blue Jays Erin Walsh made a lay-up at the 4:53 marker. A pair of made free throws by sophomore Carly Rice (Pennington, N.J./The Pennington School) put Gettysburg ahead by two with under 49 seconds to go, but a jumper by Johns Hopkins’ Lyndsey Hoyd in the final seconds tied the game at 10-10.
- A made three-pointer by Yantsos kick-started an 11-0 spurt, which included Gehrin sinking six points worth from the charity stripe, to bloom to a 21-10 lead midway through. Five points from Walsh and a trey by Diarra Oden sliced the Bullets advantage down to three with 2:05 on the clock. Yantsos connected on both free throws to push Gettysburg’s lead to five at intermission.
- After only making one three-pointer in the first half, Gettysburg went red-hot from downtown to open the third. Senior Kiera Cesareo (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) and Gehrin drained one while sophomore Christina Richson (Summit, N.J./Summit) knocked down two in the opening scoring spree to help push the lead to 17 points, which ended up being the largest of the night. Gettysburg headed into the final quarter up, 45-33.
- Although the Bullets never trailed, the Blue Jays came within eight after Oden tallied a three-pointer and Howie made a lay-up with 4:35 remaining. Yantsos was clutch in hitting three from the charity stripe, but Johns Hopkins continued to fight back from three-point land as Maggie Wodicka notched one from downtown to make it an eight-point game again with 3:19 left. The Blue Jays attempted four shots from beyond the arc in the final minutes, but the Bullets fended off any chances as Cesareo netted five-straight and Gehrin made one from the free throw line to march on to the conference title game.
By the Numbers
- Gettysburg finished 17-of-44 (38.6 percent) from the field, 7-of-11 (63,6 percent) from beyond the arc, and 22-of-33 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe. The Bullets limited the Blue Jays to 19-of-74 (25.7 percent) from the floor, 7-of-33 (21.2 percent) from three-point territory, and 4-of-12 (33.3 percent) from the charity stripe.
- The Bullets out-rebounded the Blue Jays 49-41. Gettysburg grabbed its most defensive rebounds (42) since Washington & Lee University, where the team pulled down 45 earlier this season.
- For the second game in the round, the Bullets have blocked at least four shots.
- The last time the two teams met in the conference semifinals, the final score was almost identical to tonight. In 2018, Gettysburg defeated Johns Hopkins 63-55 inside Bream Gym.
- Gettysburg clinched its ticket to the Centennial Conference Women’s Basketball Championship game for the fourth consecutive season, and sixth overall while marking the third year in the row the Bullets face the Fords for the league title. Haverford, the reigning conference champions, defeated Dickinson College 67-57 in the first semifinal game to advance to the conference final.
- Gettysburg becomes the first conference team to reach the championship for four consecutive seasons since Muhlenberg, who went for five seasons in a row from 2008-12.
Quote from the Coach
“It feels great to earn another opportunity to play for a conference championship,” said Head Coach Nate Davis, who won the conference crown in 2018, “It’s definitely something that we know is special.”
Where the Series Stands Now
Johns Hopkins holds the slight 40-39 advantage in the all-time series. The Bullets have held the upper hand as of late with nine wins in the last 10 meetings.
Gettysburg takes on Haverford College (22-4, 18-2) in the conference title game on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Gooding Arena.
This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.