Women's Basketball Outlasts Misericordia 49-45 in Swat Tip-Off Opener
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - The Swarthmore women's basketball team (1-1) picked up its first win of the season in the final minute of play as senior Kathryn Stockbower would drop the game-winning layup to push the Garnet past the visiting Misericordia Cougars 49-45 on Saturday evening in Tarble Pavilion.
Down two with only two minutes to play in the game freshman Katie Lytle would net a jumper to tie the game at 45-45. The basket would start Swarthmore's last minute rally that would be capped off by Stockbower's go ahead layup and a pair of free throw by freshman Kayla Moritzky.
The Garnet offense was led by a pair of freshman in Lytle and Moritzky as the two would combine for 25 points. Lytle would sink three crucial shots from outside the arc and finished the game with 15 points while Moritzky would go 3-for-3 from the line and 10 points.
In the first half, Swarthmore would get off to a slow start, going down 14-2 in the first 10 minutes before Lytle would drain a three-pointer to spark a 17-4 run. Lytle would then cap off the Garnet run with a jumper at the buzzer to send Swarthmore into halftime with a 19-18 lead.
The Garnet were dominant under the basket, out-rebounding the Cougars 55-33. Stockbower would account for 15 of those rebounds while freshman Ginny LaFauci would pull down 11 boards.
Lytle would also have a great day under the boards to add to her 15 points, pulling down seven for the Garnet.
Stockbower finished with six points in the game ending her streak of 73 straight double-digit games.
The Swat Tip-Off opener was exciting to say the least as the fans would see 11 lead changes and seven tie scores.
Swarthmore will now play in the championship game on Sunday November 21 when it faces the winner of the Saturday 8:00 pm game between Immaculata and Shenandoah University. Tip-off is set for 3:30 pm.