Women's Basketball Overpowered by Ursinus, Fall 78-69
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa.—Despite strong scoring efforts from freshmen Elle Larsen, 21 points, and sophomore Kayla Moritzky, 18 points, the Swarthmore women's basketball team (3-4, 1-3 CC) was dealt its fourth loss in its last five games at the hand of the Ursinus Bears (3-3, 2-1 CC), 78-69, on Saturday afternoon.
The Garnet continued to gain strong balanced play from its starting five. Three players finished in double-digit scoring, including: Larsen, Moritzksy, and sophomore Katie Lytle who finished with 14 points. Lytle had the only double-double of the contest, finishing with a monstrous 18 rebounds.
The Swarthmore women took the lead early but failed to hold on, battling back and forth with Ursinus for the majority of the first half that saw eight lead changes. Towards the waning minutes of the first half, the Bears defiantly claimed the lead.
Senior Kristy George hit a big three-pointer with three minutes to go, giving the Bears a 33-31 lead. From there on the Garnet's Centennial Conference opponent didn't look back, retreating to the lockerroom with a solid 42-33 lead at half.
In the second half, the Garnet kept pace with the Bears, pulling withing seven points of with just under four to play but Ursinus held off the comeback and regained its commanding lead minutes later.
The Swarthmore women struggled to find consistency from three-point range, hitting just 5-of-21 (24%). On the other hand, the Bears were more efficient, capitalizing on 6-of-11 shots (55%).
The Bears' starting five all put forth strong contributions. Senior Lindsay Teuber finished with a game-high 22 points, but had plenty of help from the likes of sophomore Diamond Lewis, who recorded 12 points, Kristy George who finished with 11 and was three-for-four from behind the arc, as well as sophomore Liz Martin, who scored 12 points on an impressive 83% shooting percentage.
The Garnet will look to bounce back on the road against fellow conference opponent Washington College on December 7th. Play is set for 6:00 PM.