Gophers Allow Double-Digit Lead to Vanish, Slip to 0-2

Gophers Allow Double-Digit Lead to Vanish, Slip to 0-2

Butler Records Double-Double of 17 Points, 14 Rebounds

TOWSON, Md. — Goucher appeared headed toward it first victory of the season this evening when the Gophers expanded their lead over Randolph to double figures midway through the second half. But the WildCats refused to surrender and went on an 11-1 run which produced a 47-47 tie with just three minutes left to play.

Chelsea Tyler's free throw with 2:47 showing on the clock put the WildCats (1-0) ahead for the first time since they were up 11-9 just over eight minutes into the contest. Baskets by Allie Druffel and Emilee Dunton on Randolph's next two possessions made the score 52-47 with only 1:25 left to play.

The Gophers (0-2) were able to close to within 52-50 thanks to a free throw by Shante Atkinson (Millersville, Md./Old Mill) and a layup by Taquasia Lambert (Brooklyn, N.Y./Patapsco), but Dunton's two free throws with :19 remaining iced a 54-50 victory for the visiting WildCats.

With Latifah Butler (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis) and Lambert providing 11 and nine points, respectively, head coach Didi Cotton's players walked off the court at halftime on top by four, 29-25.

In the second half, the Gophers limited the WildCats to only two points on a layup by Dunton during a nearly five-minute stretch and was able to open up a 46-36 advantage on a pair of free throws by Sharnell Huff (Bowie, Md./Bowie) with 9:29 left to play. But then Goucher hit a rough patch where it went 0-for-7 from the field and committed six turnovers during a span of over eight minutes.

In just the second game of her career, Butler recorded her first collegiate double-double. The freshman forward registered game-high totals of 17 points and 14 rebounds, plus she also blocked two shots and made three steals.

Huff and Lambert finished with 13 and 12 points, respectively.

Randolph's only double-digit scorer was Brianna Lowry, who supplied the WildCats with 14 points.