2010 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament First Round
Friday, March 5th
Johnston Hall, Bethlehem, PA
Gettysburg College 68, Farmingdale State (NY) College 67
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Junior Caitlin Moser (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing) turned in the greatest single-game in Gettysburg College postseason history, putting up a career-high 34 points and grabbing 14 boards to lead the Bullets past Farmingdale State College 68-57 in the opening round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament at Moravian College Friday night.
With the victory, Gettysburg (23-4) breaks the school record for wins and advances to the second round where it will meet either Utica College or host Moravian Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Moser had a double-double in the first half and broke both the school’s NCAA records for points and rebounds by the end of the game. She finished 14-of-22 from the field and 6-of-11 from the free throw line. Her 34 points bested her previous personal best of 30 against Muhlenberg College in the finals of the Centennial Conference Tournament in 2008 and it was the tied for the fourth-best single-game scoring effort in program history.
The lead never changed hands in the game as Gettysburg’s Lauren Dadigan (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) put in the opening bucket 43 seconds in. Farmingdale State (25-2), ranked 21st by D3hoops and 25th by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, posted the only tie on the ensuing possession before the Bullets rattled off the next four points to take the lead for good.
Farmingdale State, which came into the game leading the nation in steals and scoring margin, never let up the defensive pressure and pulled to a single point twice in the opening period, the last on a three-pointer by Janel Monah which made it 18-17 with 7:17.
The Rams made only one field goal for the remainder of the half, a three-pointer by national scoring leader Kimberly Blakney, and the team only made 6-of-37 shot attempts (16.2 percent) in the opening half, often settling for long jump shots against the Bullets’ zone defense.
Moser scored seven of her 15 first-half points in the final five minutes for Gettysburg. A 7-0 run gave the Orange and Blue an 11-point lead (31-20) at the break.
Gettysburg put up the first six points of the final stanza and opened up a 20-point advantage (47-27) on a three-pointer by Courtney Fields (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls) at 12:54. The lead dipped to 13 (50-37) at 10:16 until another 7-0 run capped by a pair of Allie Drechsler (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) free throws regained the 20-point margin (57-37) with 8:35 on the clock.
Minutes later, Blakney almost brought Farmingdale State back from the brink with eight-straight points to slice the margin to nine (61-52) with 3:22 left. Moser provided the counter, posting six points in the final three minutes to help stave off the comeback.
The teams combined for 97 rebounds in the contest with Gettysburg holding a 54-43 edge. Farmingdale’s pressure resulted in 18 Bullet turnovers, but the Orange and Blue’s zone defense resulted in a 19-for-71 effort from the field (26.8 percent) by the Rams. Gettysburg dominated inside action, out-scoring Farmingdale State 34-18 in the paint.
Fields also posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards. Drechsler grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds, scored seven points, dished out five assists, and was Gettysburg’s primary ball handler against the Rams’ full-court press.
“I thought Allie was one of the biggest differences in our game because she handled most of the pressure by herself and by doing that, she put us in a good position to succeed,” said Kirkpatrick “Obviously, Moser had a good scoring game, but I thought Allie Drechsler was the key because she kept the tempo and handled the pressure.”
Sophomore Julie McGrory (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) posted seven points and five rebounds, while Dadigan finished with six points and six caroms.
Blakney filled the stat sheet for Farmingdale State with 29 points, 10 rebounds, and six steals. However, she was just 9-of-24 from the field (37.5 percent) and 4-of-14 from beyond the arc (28.6 percent). Juanita Chappel was the only other Ram with more than five points, putting up 13 and handing out a team-best four assists.
Story courtesy of Gettysburg College Sports Information