Women’s Basketball : Women’s Basketball Faces Marymount in NCAA Opener

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Women’s basketball players cheering on the bench

For the third consecutive season, the Gettysburg College women’s basketball team will be competing in the NCAA Division III Championship, but this season the Bullets will be making the short drive down to Arlington, Virginia to take on Marymount (Va.) University on Friday, March, 6, at 7:30 p.m.
 
Game Coverage
The game will have live video and live stats available for fans to view.
 
First and Second Round Schedule
First Round: Friday, March 6 | Arlington, Va.
George Fox University (21-6) vs. Montclair State University (21-6) – 5 p.m.
 
Gettysburg (22-5) vs. Marymount (23-4) – 7:30 p.m.

Second Round: Saturday, March 7 | Arlington, Va.
First-round winners – 7 p.m.
 
Ticket Prices and Parking
The general admission ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 from students, seniors, and children. Only cash will be accepted. Parking is free of charge in the Blue and White Garages. Take a view of the campus map here.
                                                              
NCAA History
Gettysburg is making its eighth trip and third consecutive to the big dance, marking the first time in program history that the Bullets have made the tournament for three years in a row. The Bullets received an at-large bid after finishing the season with a 22-5 record and 17-3 mark in the Centennial Conference while finishing runner-up in the league tournament. The Orange and Blue are 5-8 in the big dance and have advanced to the “Sweet 16” on two occasions – 1985 and 2010. Last season’s first and second round event was the first time Bream Gym served as host of the NCAA women’s basketball tournament. Gettysburg battled against a tough Christopher Newport University team in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament as the game came right down to the wire, but the Captains edged the Bullets 82-78 in front of a loud and supportive crowd inside Bream Gym.
 
Marymount clinched a spot in the NCAA after winning the Atlantic East Conference Championship for the second year in a row, beating Cabrini University 67-49. The Saints have appeared in the national tournament in four of the last five seasons, marking the 21st overall trip to the NCAAs in program history. This weekend’s games also mark the second time since the 2009-10 season that Marymount has served as host of the tournament. The Saints own two wins over NCAA qualifiers, defeating Haverford College 41-33 in the second game of the season as well as topping then-ranked No. 10 Messiah College 54-51 eight days later.
 
Montclair State fell to Rowan University in the New Jersey Athletic Conference Championship game last Friday, 64-54, but earned an at-large bid into the tournament for the 10th overall time in program history. The Red Hawks have been in the national tournament in seven of the last eight years with this season marking the first time since 2013 that they will be on the road for the first and second rounds. Montclair State has tallied a 17-9 record in the NCAA tournament over its nine previous appearances. In that stretch, the Red Hawks have been in the Sweet 16 four times, Elite 8 twice, and earned a trip to the Final Four in 2015.
 
George Fox secured its trip to the NCAA tournament after capturing the Northwest Conference Tournament Championship for the third consecutive season with a 57-55 decision at Whitman College. The Bruins will be making their 15th NCAA National Tournament appearance in 19 years, which includes winning the NCAA Division III National Championship in 2009. George Fox has also made it to the NCAA Final Four three times (2009, 2012, and 2015), the NCAA Elite 8 six times, and the NCAA Sweet 16 nine times.
 
The Series
This will be the fifth-ever meeting between Gettysburg and Marymount. The Saints hold the 3-1 all-time series record with its last meeting taking place during the 2008-09 season, which Marymount won 68-52.
 
The Bullets have never competed against George Fox, but met Montclair State in the second round of the NCAA tournament back in 2018, falling 70-45. The Orange and Blue are 0-3 in the all-time meeting with Red Hawks as the first meeting happened during the 1985-86 season with the second coming in 1999-00.  
 
Last Meeting
Marymount connected on 10 three-pointers and out-scored visiting Gettysburg over a 12-minute period spanning the first and second halves to pull out a 68-52 victory in the championship game of the Marine Corps Tip-Off Tournament. Caitlin Moser ’11 paced Gettysburg with 16 points on the day and Mary Spicer ’11 posted a career-high eight rebounds against to go with two points, two assists, and two steals.
 
The 22nd-ranked Bullets fell to No. 16 Montclair State 70-45 in the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship inside the Panzer Athletic Center on March 3, 2018. Montclair State shot a blistering 63.2 percent from the floor, which was the first time in seven years an opponent managed above 50 percent against Gettysburg. Gettysburg struggled to find the touch from the floor and finished with a season-low shooting percentage of 26.7 (16-of-60). Emma Dorshimer ’19 led the team with 21 points, while Emily Gibbons ’18 posted eight points and six rebounds.
 
By the Numbers – Gettysburg

  • 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 Bullets registered its 18th consecutive victory in the 78-62 decision against Swarthmore College on February 1, setting a program and conference record. The previous school record was 17-straight, which was done by the 1984-85 squad. For the Centennial Conference, the longest winning streak was 17, which was done by McDaniel College from Dec. 3, 2009, until Feb. 8, 2010. The streak was extended to 19 after beating Ursinus College 68-59 five days later. The streak was halted a couple of days later as Haverford College picked up some key plays down the stretch to end it at 19 in a row.
  • For six weeks in a row, the Bullets received a nod in the national rankings. The highest-ranking came at No.16 in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Associations (WBCA) poll back on February. 4.
  • Senior Ashley Gehrin (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendham) ranks eighth in program history in scoring with 1,293 points and needs 50 more to move into seventh all-time. She collected her 1,000th career point on the way to a career-high 37 points in the 72-71 victory at non-conference Saint Vincent College. Gehrin became the 17th member of Gettysburg’s 1,000-point club and the fourth Bullet to score 37 points in a game.
  • Coach Davis became the second head coach in Gettysburg women’s basketball history to reach 100 career wins. He reached the 100 wins at Dickinson College on Jan. 15. In his fifth season at Gettysburg, he has accumulated a 109-28 record.
  • The four seniors of Gehrin, Kiera Cesareo (Randolph, N.J./Randolph), Emma Hahner (Forest Hill, Md./C. Milton Wright), and Sofia Taveras (River Edge, N.J./Saddle River Day) have helped the Bullets to the most successful four-year period in program history, recording a 90-22 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 win a Centennial Conference championship.  
  • On Wednesday, Gehrin, junior Meredith Brown (Landisburg, Pa./West Perry), and sophomore Carly Rice (Pennington, N.J./The Pennington School) were each named to the All-Centennial Conference Women’s Basketball Team. Gehrin has produced a stellar, record-breaking senior campaign that helped her land first-team honors for the first time while collecting her third consecutive from the league. She leads the team in scoring (16.5 ppg), rebounds (6.5 rpg), steals (21), free throw percentage (81.5), while second in assists (56) and field goal percentage (49.2). After receiving honorable mention last season, Brown notched second-team accolades. She is second on the team behind Gehrin in scoring (8.6 ppg), third in rebounds (5.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (45.7), while ranking sixth in the league in field goal percentage. Rice has emerged as one of the top three-point shooters in the conference. She is second at 41.7 percentage, trailing behind classmate Christina Richson (Summit, N.J./Summit), in the league from beyond the arc.   
  • In the conference, Gettysburg is among the top in several statistical categories – ranking first in points per game, assists per game, three-point percentage, and field goal percentage, second in rebounds per game, and fifth in free throw percentage.
  • The top three league spots in three-point field goal percentage belong to the Bullets. Richson is first (44.1 percent), Rice is second (41.7 percent), and Gehrin is third (41.5 percent). Gehrin is also second in the CC in field goal percentage (49.2 percent) and fifth in points per game (16.5).
  • In Division III, the Bullets are ranked first in three-point percentage (38.5), sixth in defensive rebounds (32.3), and seventh in field goal percentage (45.8).

By the Numbers – Marymount

  • Marymount is ranked seventh in Division III in scoring defense, allowing only 48.8 points per game this season, while eighth in scoring margin of 21.2 points per game. The Saints have won 12 games in a row, as they did not lose in February.
  • Sophomore forward Katie McShea is leading the Saints in scoring (18 ppg) and rebounds (10.2 rpg) while shooting 52.6 percent. She netted a season-high 34 at Gwynedd-Mercy University and in 11 games this season; she has compiled 20-points or more. McShea was named the Atlantic East Conference Player of the Year and was also named first-team.
  • Senior Gabriella Haddad was named the Atlantic East Conference Defensive Player of the Year after ranking first on the team in steals per game (1.7) and second in scoring (11.4 ppg) and rebounds (6.4 rpg).
  • Head Coach Ashlee Rogers entered her 10th season at the helm in 2019-20. In 13 years of being a head coach, she has accrued a 229-122 overall record and a 180-69 tally at Marymount. Rogers is no stranger in the CC as she was the head coach at Franklin & Marshall for four years, leading the Diplomats to the 2008 Centennial Conference regular-season championship. Before to F&M, she also served as an assistant basketball coach and assistant softball coach at Gettysburg for two years. On Sunday, her coaching staff was honored with the Atlantic East Conference Coaching Staff of the Year award. 
  • This story was originally posted on the Gettysburg College Website.

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