Despite struggling with field goal shooting for the second consecutive game, the West Chester University women’s basketball team never trailed against Kutztown in a 58-52 road win at Keystone Arena Wednesday night.
The bad news for the Golden Rams (16-5, 7-2 PSAC East) was their 22-for-67 (32.8 percent) shooting from the field, including 3-for-14 (21.4 percent) from beyond the three point line. In Saturday’s 62-46 win over Mansfield, the Rams shot 24-for-73 (32.9 percent) from the field.
The good news was that as bad as West Chester was, the Golden Bears (12-9, 5-4 PSAC East) were worse, as they shot 16-for-58 (27.6 percent) from the field.
Before the Bears could hit their first field goal, they had committed three turnovers and missed their first three shots before Ashley Wood’s jumper made it 6-4 West Chester four minutes into the game. The Rams would extend their lead to as many as 12 points, closing out the first half with a 32-20 lead.
Kutztown chipped away at the lead through the second half, turning a 42-31 West Chester lead with 12:06 left in regulation into a 52-52 tie with 2:42 remaining. The 11 point advantage for West Chester came after Dominique Adams converted a four point play.
During the Bears’ run, Melissa McQuade scored seven of her game-high 17 points. However, just seconds after she tied the game, McQuade fouled Ambreelinne Ortman on the other end. Ortman’s only two points of the contest proved critical, as she hit both foul shots to give West Chester the lead for good.
Mary Kate Serratelli scored the Rams’ final four points of the game – two from the foul line and a layup in the closing seconds. The senior co-captain finished with 12 points, the fourth straight game she finished with double digit points.
Alex Lennon shot 5-for-17 from the field, finishing with 12 points, however, her presence was once again felt on the defensive end as she blocked seven shots – tying the school record for the second time in her career – and grabbed nine rebounds (eight on the defensive end). It was the third straight game in which Lennon has blocked at least six shots in a game, a feat never accomplished in West Chester history.
McQuade finished with a double-double, as she grabbed 13 rebounds to go along with her 17 points. Wood finished with 16 points for Kutztown, while Steph Zewe added 13.
With the win, the Rams kept pace with division leader Bloomsburg, who defeated Shippensburg at Heiges Field House 65-55. The Huskies remain atop the PSAC East with an 8-1 record in league play as they avenged their only PSAC loss of the season with their win over the Red Raiders.
West Chester travels to Koehler Field House on Saturday to face East Stroudsburg; the Rams defeated the Warriors at Hollinger 65-46 on January 15.
Creighton Rabs covers West Chester University athletics for glowbass.com. He is neither affiliated with nor employed by West Chester University. Feedback can be emailed to [email protected]or follow him on Twitter @WCUExaminer.