Women’s basketball defeats Franklin & Marshall 79-55

Junior Jessica Porter scores a career-high record of 28 points against the Franklin & Marshall Diplomats this past Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of David Sinclair, GCC&M)

By Lauren Perry, Sports Editor

On January 27 the Gettysburg women’s basketball team crushed Franklin & Marshall at an away game in the Mayser Center in Lancaster, PA. The final score was 79-55. This was the Lady Bullets’ second consecutive win after a rough five game losing streak.

The first half of the game was a nail biter on the bench and on the bleachers. Before the half time buzzer rang the leading team on the scoreboard was constantly flip-flopping. The score was tied five different times. Then with 6:01 minutes left in the game, the Lady Bullets gained a seven-point lead.

Unfortunately, the Diplomats came back, trailing behind the Bullets by one basket. But the Bullets ended the first half with their heads up high, one basket ahead of their competitor.

After the half time break the Bullets came back on the court fired up. They broke their season shooting record by scoring 33-66 from the field. The ladies put up 45 points total in the second half.

Senior Samantha Pagel sunk eight points and had four assists. Pagel’s teammate, senior Jenna Swope posted seven points on the scoreboard and had four assists as well.

First-year Annie Reilly broke her own personal record with a dozen tallies and blocked three shots from the Diplomats.

Although every game played by the Lady Bullets is a team effort, a large part of the Bullets success against Franklin & Marshall this week is due to junior Jessica Porter.

As a sophomore Porter struggled with a shoulder injury early in the season. However, this season Porter is back on the court as a healthy competitor.

Porter succeeds her previous collegiate best scoring output by six points. She scored a total of 28 points on the court, sinking 13-of- 24 from the floor and 2-of-2 from the free throw line.

Come watch the Gettysburg women’s basketball team play Bryn Mawr in Bream Gym on January 31.

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