The Gettysburg College (22-5, 17-3 CC) women’s basketball team was on the verge of winning the conference crown until Haverford College (23-4, 18-2 CC) used a strong fourth quarter performance to sneak past the Bullets 49-46 to register its second consecutive Centennial Conference title on Saturday afternoon inside the loud and rowdy Gooding Arena.
Top Performers – Gettysburg
– Ashley Gehrin ’20 (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendham)– 18 points, 9-of-12 FG, 4 rebounds
– Meredith Brown ’21 – 12 points, 9 rebounds
– Emma Hahner ’20 – (Forest Hill, Md./C. Milton Wright) – 5 points, 9 rebounds
Top Performers – Haverford
– Julianna Clark – 19 points, 4-of-8 3FG, 4 rebounds
– Anna-Sophia Capizzi – 19 points, 6 rebounds
– Cortlyn Morris – 10 rebounds, 5 blocks
How It Happened…
- The Bullets were red-hot to start the opening frame, engineering a 14-0 run as the dynamic duo of Gehrin and Brown combined to score 12 of the first 14 tallies. Gettysburg did an outstanding job of keeping the offensive flow while limiting shot opportunities for the Fords as they did not collect a bucket until 3:04 on the clock. A pair of made free throws and a lay-up by Anna-Sophia Capizzi, the conference leader in points per game, closed the frame with four in a row to make it 16-7.
- Gettysburg finished the frame making 50 percent (8-of-16) from the field, holding Haverford to 14.3 percent (2-of-14).
- A lay-up Gehrin and one by sophomore Tori Yantsos (Rockville, Md./Holy Child) increased the lead to 13 in the first minute of action. Then back-to-back lay-ups by Cortlyn Morris made it a nine-point margin. The Bullets retook the double-figure lead off a trey by Gehrin with 3:54 left in the frame and held it until Julianna Clark made a trey with under 40 seconds to go. Gettysburg held a 28-19 lead at intermission.
- The duo of Brown and Gehrin went back to work on the offensive end as they notched the first two buckets of the third frame. The Fords then went on a fierce 11-0 run that included two three’s from Capizzi, slimming the Bullets’ advantage down to two. Back-to-back three’s ignited the Bullets as senior Emma Hahner (Forest Hill, Md./C. Milton Wright) and sophomore Christina Richson (Summit, N.J./Summit) pushed the lead to eight heading into the fourth.
- The Fords collected two buckets to cut the deficit back down to three, but a free throw by Gehrin and a three by sophomore Carly Rice (Pennington, N.J./The Pennington School) made it 42-35 midway through. Haverford did not back down as they reeled an 8-2 run with 1:34 remaining to come within one. Gehrin sank a pair of crucial free throws, but the Fords responded as Clark drained a long-range three-pointer to tie the game at 46-46. A foul by the Bullets off Capizzi’s offensive rebound sent her to the free throw line where she made both tallies to take the lead first time all game. Gettysburg made great strides to the hoop but missed a pair in the waning seconds as Morris clinched the final point for Haverford from the charity stripe.
By the Numbers
- Gettysburg hit 19-of-49 (38.8 percent) from the floor, 4-of-13 (30.8 percent) from beyond the arc, and 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) from the charity stripe. The Fords shot 16-of-56 (28.6 percent) from the field, 7-of-18 (38.9 percent) from three-point land, and 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) from the free throw line.
- The Fords won the slight rebounding battle, 38-35.
- For four consecutive seasons, Gettysburg clinched its ticket to the Centennial Conference Women’s Basketball Championship game, and sixth overall while marking the third year in the row the Bullets faced the Fords in the league title.
- Gettysburg became the first conference team to reach the championship for four consecutive seasons since Muhlenberg, who went five in a row from 2008-12.
- Hahner has pulled down at least seven or more rebounds in each of the last four games.
- Gehrin’s 15 point effort brought her to 1,293 career points, which keeps her ranked eighth in program history.
Where the Series Stands Now
Gettysburg holds a 33-16 edge in the all-time series. The teams have split the regular-season series in each of the last four seasons. Ten of the last 14 meetings have been decided by nine points or less.
The Bullets will await their fate to see if they earn an at-large bid into the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament with the selection show airing at 2:30 p.m. on Ma
This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.