2010 NCAA Division III Women's Basketball National Championship Tournament Second Round
Saturday, March 6th
Johnston Hall, Bethlehem, PA
Gettysburg College 71, Utica (NY) College 55
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – The Gettysburg College women’s basketball team will continue to dance this postseason as senior Courtney Fields (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul’s School for Girls) and sophomores Julie McGrory (Moorestown, N.J./Moorestown) and Sara Kinsley (Fairfield, Conn./Fairfield Ludlowe) combined for all but nine points in a 71-55 victory over Utica College in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday night at Moravian College.
Gettysburg (24-4) is headed to the national sectionals for the first time in school history and will face Babson College next Friday, March 12, at a site and time to be determined. The likely host for next weekend’s sectional is top-ranked and undefeated Amherst College.
“I think our kids are really excited so I’m really excited,” said Head Coach Mike Kirkpatrick. “I just like when we play really well, and tonight we played really well.”
A day after junior Caitlin Moser (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing) and senior Allie Drechsler (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) dominated action for the Bullets in a victory over Farmingdale State College, the duo found themselves in early foul trouble and played a limited role against Utica (22-7). Enter Fields and McGrory, who combined for Gettysburg’s first 12 points and out-scored the Pioneers entire team 27-23 in the opening half.
Utica cut the deficit to single-digits just under the eight-minute mark of the first half on a three by Danielle Busansky, but McGrory answered immediately at the other end to push the advantage back to 11 (25-14). The Pioneers maintained full-court pressure to try and force Gettysburg into turnovers, but the Orange and Blue maintained composure and used the trapping defense to their advantage, getting open looks at the rim.
“We solved their trap and got some really wide open looks,” said Kirkpatrick. “Julie and Courtney had more time to shoot and Sara started posting up and getting some easy lay-ups.”
Gettysburg capped the opening half with the final six points as McGrory hit another three-pointer and free throw and freshman Kate Knudson (Collegeville, Pa./Perkiomen Valley) banked in a running lay-up as the buzzer sounded, giving the Orange and Blue a 42-23 advantage. The Bullets shot a blistering 64 percent in the first half, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc.
After making just seven shots and shooting 28 percent in the first half, Utica shot slightly better in the final period, but could find no give in Gettysburg’s game. The Bullets kept answering every Pioneer bucket, and eventually pulled away by as many as 25, including at the midway point of the half following a pair of free throws by Fields which made it 57-32.
Gettysburg cooled in the second half, but still managed to shoot better than 50 percent in the contest, finishing 25-of-48 (52.1 percent). The Bullets won the battle of the boards 41-24 and out-scored the Pioneers 28-18 in the paint.
Fields and McGrory were dialed in from distance on Saturday, combining for all nine of Gettysburg’s three-pointers. Fields messed around and nearly put up a triple double, posting 26 points, 12 rebounds and six assists – all game highs. She was 10-of-16 from the field and 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
“She was outstanding,” said Kirkpatrick of Fields. “But you know what, I said to them in the huddle that’s what made us special this year. Last night, Caitlin and Allie were clearly the best players on the court. Today, Julie, Courtney, and Sara stepped up.”
McGrory finished with five three-pointers, missing just twice from deep, en route to a career-high tying 20 points. Kinsley canned all but one of her seven shots and 4-of-5 free throws en route to a career-high tying 16 points
Jessica Berry led Utica with 20 points and Katie McGee added 11 on the strength of three three-pointers.
When asked about his team’s performance, Kirkpatrick noted the efforts of the entire team this season, from his assistant coaches Kelly Lewandowski and Al Moyer down to every player on the roster.
“We’re a group and that’s what’s neat. We all work together pretty well.”
Release courtesy of Gettysburg College Sports Information Office