Women's Basketball Keeps Rolling With 67-52 Win Over Ursinus
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Led by a trio of players in double-figures and superior free-throw shooting, the first-place Swarthmore College women's basketball team (13-2, 9-1) won its fourth-consecutive Centennial Conference game, defeating Ursinus 67-52 on Thursday evening from Tarble Pavilion.
Senior Madeline Ross was the Garnet's top scorer for the third consecutive game, finishing with 21 points - 13 of which came from the foul line. Junior Katie Lytle recorded a double-double for the second-consecutive game, recording 12 points and 15 rebounds. Sophomore Elle Larsen added 13 points and nine rebounds. Senior Eliza Polli hit three triples while freshman Jessica Jowdy scored eight points to go along with four assists.
The Garnet won the game by getting to the line and making the most of its opportunities; Swarthmore hit 24 of 34 free-throw attempts compared to just six of 13 for Ursinus (8-7, 5-5). Swarthmore also completely owned the glass, out-rebounding Ursinus 48-33.
Buoyed by five first-half three-pointers and strong free-throw shooting, the Garnet took a 36-24 lead into the halftime break.
The Bears came out firing to start the second half. Ursinus hit six of nine shots as part of a 14-5 run over the second-half's first five minutes, cutting the Garnet lead to 41-38. An and-one lay-up from Larsen at the 13:08 mark finally stopped the Bears' run and swung the momentum back in Swat's favor.
Swarthmore led 49-40 with just under 12 minutes to go before going cold from the field. The Garnet would fail to score a point over the next five minutes of play, but fortunately enough, the Bears didn't fare much better, only netting three points over that span. Ross finally got Swarthmore back in the scoring column with a driving lay-up at the 7:15 mark, helping to re-ignite the offense.
From there, the Garnet and Ross finished off the Bears. The senior hit another driving lay-up at the 2:56 mark to extend the Swarthmore lead back to double-digits (57-46). Then in the final minute, she hit 8-of-10 free throws to seal the win.
The Garnet and Bears will tangle again on Saturday, this time from Collegeville. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.