November 27, 2012

Gophers Head Into Conference Play With Loss to #15 Spartans

#15 Spartans Head Home With a 74-45 Win

TOWSON, Md. — Nationally ranked York (Pa.) overpowered Goucher in the last game before the Gophers opens up their Landmark slate.

After winning the tip, Goucher (1-4) got on the scoreboard first with an Adrienne Flowers (Columbia, Md./Pallotti) jumper. Unfortunately, 2-0 would be the last time the Gophers would lead, as York (5-0) scored on its first four possessions to take the advantage it would never relinquish.

The Spartans, who are currently ranked #15 in the ESPN/USA Today Division III Women's Coaches Poll, took a 35-15 lead into the half.

Kristen Haley opened the second half with a pair of threes, extending the York lead to 41-18 giving her more points than the entire Goucher team. Those baskets proved to be her last, but she still led all scorers with 19.

Both teams did damage on the offensive glass, with the Gophers pulling down 17 of their own rebounds and York obtaining 15. York had the edge in second-chance points, 19-13.

Latifah Butler (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) led the Gophers in both scoring and rebounding with 13 and 10, respectively. Butler now has double-digit rebounds in each of her last four games.

Leading all rebounders was Kaliee Knight with 16. Knight also blocked had the most blocked shots (4) and matched the game's high total of assists (6) with Aja Wallpher.

Goucher's next contest will be in Kings Point, N.Y., as the Gophers play their first Landmark Conference game of the year against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.