Women’s Basketball : Gettysburg Falls to Marymount in NCAA Opener

Ashley Gehrin dribbling down the court in the NCAA opener
Ashley Gehrin dribbling down the court in the NCAA opener

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Gettysburg College (22-6, 17-3 CC) women’s basketball team had its outstanding, record breaking season come to an end as the Bullets fell 68-48 at Marymount University (24-4, 11-1 AEC) in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Championship inside the Converse Family Fieldhouse on Friday night.

Top Performers – Gettysburg
Ashley Gehrin ’20 (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendham) – 17 points, 7-of-10 FT, 7 rebounds
Meredith Brown ’21 – 12 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists

Top Performers – Marymount
– Abby Fisher – 17 points, 8-of-10 FT, 5 rebounds, 4 assists
– Katie McShea – 16 points, 8-of-10 FT, 13 rebounds
– Gabriella Haddad – 10 points, 5-of-7 FG

How It Happened…

  • First Quarter
    • A battle among the top defensive teams in Division III proved to be midway through the first quarter as the hosts only held a slight 7-3 edge. The Saints picked up the offensive pace as they out-scored the Bullets 15-5 with 11 tallies coming from the charity stripe to close out the quarter.
    • Gettysburg struggled to find its scoring groove, hitting 2-of-11 (18.2 percent) from the field.
    • Twenty-eight free throws were taken between the Bullets and Saints in the opening quarter.
  • Second Quarter
    • A lay-up by Kathryn Ryan put the Saints ahead by 16, but a jumper by senior Emma Hahner (Forest Hill, Md./C. Milton Wright) pushed it back to 14. An 8-4 spurt by Marymount made it an 18-point advantage, but a trey by sophomore Carly Rice (Pennington, N.J./The Pennington School), the Centennial Conference’s second leader in three-point percentage, sliced it back to 15 with 2:14 left. Marymount finished the quarter by out-scoring Gettysburg a slight 15-13 to hang on for the double-digit lead into intermission.
  • Third Quarter
    • The Saints opened the third quarter with back-to-back lay-ups, but then the Bullets closed the gap down to 13 points with 1:57 remaining. Gettysburg mounted a 9-2 run, shutting down Marymount’s offensive attack from scoring for roughly five minutes. The Saints, however, closed the quarter with the momentum as they accumulated six points in the final 1:43 to lead 49-30.
  • Fourth Quarter
    • The deficit proved too much for Gettysburg to overcome as Marymount padded the lead by hitting 5-of-11 shots in the fourth. Gettysburg’s 11 of 18 points from the quarter came from the charity stripe.

By the Numbers

  • The loss ended an outstanding season for the Bullets. The Orange and Blue set a program and conference record with 19 consecutive wins, made it to the Centennial Conference championship game for the fourth season in a row and the national tournament for the third straight season, were ranked as high 16th in the nation, and tied the program record with 14 made three-pointers in a game.
  • Gettysburg captured its fourth consecutive 20-win season. Prior to 2016-17, the Bullets logged a total of four 20-win seasons in program history.
  • The four seniors of Gehrin, Hahner, Kiera Cesareo (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), and Sofia Taveras (River Edge, N.J./Saddle River Day) helped the Bullets to the most successful four-year period in program history, recording a 90-23 mark. They are the only graduating class at Gettysburg to capture 20-plus wins in each year, as well as appear in four postseasons, earn three berths in the NCAA Division III Tournament, and also win a Centennial Conference championship.
  • Gehrin finished her career ranked eighth in program history in scoring with 1,310 points. Only eight Gettysburg women’s basketball players have notched 1,300 career points. She also closed out her time in the orange and blue ranked third in free throw made, fourth in free throws attempted, ninth in three-point field goal percentage, and tenth in field goals made.
  • Hahner is Gettysburg’s all-time leader in games played with 113, she is followed by classmates Cesareo and Gehrin, who are tied with 112 each.
  • Marymount shot 43.5 percent (20-of-46) from the field, 78.8 percent (26-of-33) from the free throw line, and hit just two three’s. Gettysburg hit 32.6 percent (15-of-46) from the floor and 61.5 percent (16-of-26) from the charity stripe.
  • The Saints out-rebounded the Bullets 43-25, while Gettysburg forced 18 turnovers.

Quote from the Coach
“Obviously all credit to Marymount they came out with great energy, played hard from the beginning, and dictated the pace today,” said head coach Nate Davis. “They applied a lot of pressure and forced us into some bad decisions. We are still thankful that we got this opportunity. It doesn’t negate the work or the season that we had.”

This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.