Buter Contributes 10 Points, Team-High Eight Rebounds
CARLISLE, Pa. — Goucher missed its first 10 shots from the field this evening and didn't make its first basket until Sharnell Huff (Bowie, Md./Bowie) drained a 3-point attempt nearly nine minutes into the contest. Still, the Gophers battled back to lead Dickinson, 28-27, at halftime.
In the second half, however, the Red Devils shot 52.2 percent from the floor and went 11-of-13 at the free-throw line, which allowed them to break open a tight game and pull away in the final seven minutes for a 64-52 triumph over head coach Didi Cotton's squad.
Eight different players got into the scoring act for Goucher in the first half, although six of them managed only two points. Huff knocked down 12 points in the opening 20 minutes and Latifah Butler (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) accounted for the remaining four.
The Gophers (0-1) fell behind by as many as eight points before Huff's made jumper with 6:18 left to play before halftime created a 16-16 tie. Goucher went ahead for the first time on a basket by Adrienne Flowers (Columbia, Md./Pallotti) with 3:46 showing on the clock that made the score 20-18.
Goucher stretched its advantage to three points on two separate occasions in the second half, but the two teams were never separated by more than four points until a layup by Dickinson's Belma Mekic provided the Red Devils (1-0) with a 46-40 cushion with just over seven minutes left to play.
Beginning with Mekic's layup, Dickinson came away with points on seven of nine successive possessions and was able to expand its lead to 60-44 on a layup by Sarah Phillips with 3:13 remaining.
Huff led all scorers as she finished with 19 points. Butler chipped in with 10 points and team-high total of eight rebounds and four steals.
Phillips and Bridget Borgese tallied 15 points apiece to share scoring honors for the Red Devils, who were able to avenge a 60-52 loss to the Gophers last season in the Decker Sports & Recreation Center.