Bullets slam Washington College and Johns Hopkins: Two game victory advances basketball’s hunt for key conference wins to earn playoff seat
By William LeConey, Staff Writer
The Gettysburg women’s basketball team has had a successful year so far as the season is coming ever closer to its conclusion. The Bullets have a strong record at 13-4, which includes a 7-4 conference mark.
Their play has been strong enough over the course of the year for the third spot in the conference, trailing only Muhlenberg and McDaniel. They are in contention for a playoff spot, making the stretch of conference games that will conclude the regular season important ones.
Up to this point, the Bullets have been helped by strong play from their star players, as well as an ample amount of scoring depth off the bench. They have outscored opponents 1131-870 so far this season.
Senior forward Jessica Porter paces the team in scoring, with 14.2 points per game. First-year guard Emma Dorshimer and sophomore forward Emily Gibbons follow right behind, with 13.9 and 12.1 respectively.
Senior guard Kim Ryan leads the team with 4.3 assists per game, while Porter leads the team in rebounds, with eight per game.
The bench has had a strong season as well, as evidenced by the fact that the Bullets have ten players averaging at least two points a game.
In their game Saturday against Washington College, the Bullets performed well, winning decisively by a score of 61-46. As a team, Gettysburg shot 44.9% from the floor, including 36.4% from three-point range, and had twenty-eight points in the paint.
Jessica Porter had a strong game for the Bullets, not missing from the field. She finished with a team-leading fifteen points, along with four assists, four rebounds, and two blocks. Senior forward Emily Duggan led the team in rebounds with seven, and also had three assists.
Emily Gibbons had a strong game as well, scoring ten points, grabbing five rebounds, and tallying three assists. Emma Dorshimer contributed twelve points as well, altogether making for a strong game from the Bullets. The bench contributed fifteen points to the Bullets’ cause as well.
On Tuesday the Bullets prevailed again, this time over Johns Hopkins, led by twenty points and four rebounds from Emma Dorshimer. The final score was 52-36.
The Bullets hope their strong play of late translates to the remainder of their games this season.
Over the final few weeks of the season, Gettysburg will play exclusively Centennial Conference opponents, making every game an important one. Included in the final stretch are games against Muhlenberg and McDaniel, the two teams the Bullets currently trail in the standings. In addition to those games, the Bullets will face the two teams directly behind them in the standings, Haverford and Dickinson.
How the Bullets perform in these games will play a large role in determining how they finish in the standings and could potentially solidify a playoff berth. They’ll be looking to continue their solid play while improving in certain areas to get them over the top.
You can check out the Bullets next game on their home court when they face off against Muhlenberg on Thursday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.