Women’s Basketball downs Diplomats
By Matt Hutcheon, Staff Writer
The Gettysburg Bullets Women’s Basketball team defeated Franklin and Marshall College on Thursday by a score of 70-50.
The victory completed the season sweep against the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats, who were looking for revenge against the Bullets after a 71-58 defeat last October.
This 20-point road victory pushed the Bullets to 15-2 on the season, and has them sitting in second place in the Centennial Conference. The win also extended the Bullets’ winning streak to five games.
The Bullets shot nearly 50% from the field in the game and junior guard Emma Dorshimer led the team in scoring with 16 points. She shot 7-13 from the field and 2-4 from outside the three-point arc. She also had four rebounds in the game.
Dorshimer recently earned her 1000th point as a Bullet in the team’s game against Muhlenberg College January 11.
Senior forward Emily Gibbons contributed 10 points and senior guard Kendra Meredith posted nine points in the contest. Gibbons, along with first-year Meredith Brown, led the team in rebounds with a score of six each, respectively.
Gibbons has been dominant this season, and was named Centennial Conference Player of the Week this week for her talent in the game against McDaniel College Wednesday, January 17.
Bench scoring was also a major factor in the Bullets’ decisive victory. The Bullets had 24 bench points, while Franklin and Marshall had only eight.
The Bullets had an eight-point lead after the first quarter, which swelled into a 13-point lead by halftime. The Bullets did most of their scoring from within the three point line—only hoisting four three pointers in the entire game.
The Bullets did not trail after the first quarter, and they held a double-digit lead for the entirety of the second half.
Gettysburg dominated the glass and outrebounded Franklin and Marshall 47 to 25. The Bullets’ terrific rebounding led to 12-second chance points.
The Bullets owe a lot of their success this season to their passing techniques. The women had 14 assists on 27 made baskets.
Head coach Nate Davis expressed his enthusiasm for this aspect of the game. He focused on how each player has a role on the team and that they all did their job to contribute to the victory.
“It was a great example of our quality depth,” said Coach Davis. “That depth will continue to play a huge factor as we attempt to accomplish our goal of winning a conference championship.”
There were eleven Bullets that scored in the game represented by the diverse mix of young and old on the team. Only Gibbons and Meredith represent the senior class, while five first years joined the squad.
The lady Bullets forced 16 turnovers. First year Meredith Brown, who was also a factor on the offensive end of the court with nine points in her 22 minutes of play, had three steals to make a huge impact on the defensive end of the floor.
The Gettysburg defense had to be strong, as the Bullets faced Conference points-per-game leader Haley Pilone from Franklin and Marshall. Pilone would score 21 of the 50 points for the Diplomats.
The Diplomats shot under 40% for the game, and had 16 turnovers against the Bullets’ defense. The Bullets manufactured 18 points off turnovers.
This decisive victory was important for building confidence away from Bream Gym. The win showed the composure of the team, which will be pivotal if they want to make a push for the Centennial Conference Championship in February.
Gettysburg women’s basketball currently ranks second in the Centennial Conference standings with a 12-1 record in the conference.
The Bullets next host fourth-ranked in the Conference Johns Hopkins University in Bream Gym Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.