Women's Basketball Collects 63-46 Victory Over Eastern Connecticut in Naismith Classic Consolation
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Backed by three double-digit performances, the Swarthmore College women's basketball team found its way back in the win column with a 63-46 victory over Eastern Connecticut in the Naismith Classic consolation game on Wednesday afternoon.
With the victory, the Garnet improves to 8-1 on the season, while the Warriors drop to 2-9 after the two-day tournament.
The Garnet went on a 7-0 run in just under 30 seconds to pull ahead 16-4 at the 13:00 minute mark of the first half. During that run, Lytle nailed a jumper and drew the foul for the three-point conversion. Moments later, freshman Jessica Jowdy hit a jumper to give Swarthmore the 12-point lead. Eastern Connecticut came within nine points, 28-19, at the 4:08 mark with a free throw from Kristina Forsman, but couldn't shrink the margin any further.
Shooting 50 percent from the field and 88.9 percent on the line, Swarthmore racked up a 39-23 lead going into the break.
The second frame mirrored the first as Swarthmore extended its lead to as much as 23 points. Lytle, hitting 5-of-8 from the field, picked up 12 of her 17 points in the final 20 minutes of play to secure a Garnet victory.
Swarthmore will return to Centennial Conference play Saturday, January 5th as the Garnet travel to Franklin & Marshall for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.