Swat overcomes HC women’s hoops
By biconews On 1 Feb, 2000 At 05:00 AM | Categorized As Archives | With 0 Comments

By Marc Robert

Despite a noble effort, the Haverford women’s basketball team (5-12, 3-5) fell to a tough Swarthmore squad (10-7, 6-1) Wednesday night, in a game dominated by the Garnet frontcourt.

This frontcourt made its presence felt early, as forwards Sarah Tufano and Heather Kile combined to score 16 of Swarthmore’s first 19 points. Defensively, Swat’s swarming zone proved effective, forcing Haverford to swing the ball around the pcrimetet in search of open shots. This zone led to several shot-clock violations, hut more importantly, it prevented the Fords from getting into an offensive groove needed to match Swat’s early scoring success. Swat thus jumped out to a 19-6 advantage five minutes into the game, a lead they would not relinquish.

In the seventh minute, Sarah Chamovitz entered the game with four others as part of a now trademark substitution tactic used by coach Amy Taylor. She gave the Fords a lift by scoring the next three baskets and cutting the deficit to seven at 19-12.

With the score 23-14, Swat posted nine unanswered points in four-minute scoreless stretch for Haverford. Sarah Hanck finally ended the scoring drought with a buzzer-beating jumper, barely averting another shot-clock violation. This seemed to spark the Fords offensively, as that bucket led to a 9-1 run which cut Swat’s lead to 33-23. Heather Kile ended the surge with a three-point play, and Carmen Crow drained a short jumper in the final seconds to bring the halftime score to 36-25.

The Garnet opened up the second half with a 14-2 run to extend their lead to 50-27. A blowout seemed on its way, but the Fords hung tough and cut into Swat’s lead. This was thanks to a great pass underneath by Katisha Gopaul to Erin McCartney for an easy two and three-point play by McCartney soon thereafter.

Tracy Monson added five points in the middle minutes of the half, hitting Haverford’s only three-pointer of the game, and a 5-0 Ford run in the waning moments, including a

bucket by “Hurricane” Kate Westhius, helped keep the final score difference in the teens at 66-48.

Swat was simply the better team Wednesday, shooting 52 percent from the field compared with Haverford’s 33 percent. Haverford also shot and uncharacteristic 41 percent from the charity-stripe, some 20 percentage points lower than usual. Again, the deciding factor was in Swarthmore’s frontcourt, namely Tufano and Kile, who combined for 41 points and 17 rebounds in the game.

Erin McCartney had her best scoring output of the year, registering a team high 13 points. Sarah Chamovitz added 12 points, and Katisha Gopaul led in the Fords in rebounding, pulling down seven boards.

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