ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Although it did provide Goucher with an early 3-2 lead over Union (N.Y.), a 3-point basket by Briana Bull (Baltimore, Md./Owings Mills) also accounted for all the points the Gophers managed to score during the first six minutes in the opening round of the Woodcliff Hotel & Spa Invitational this afternoon.
In fact, it was one of only six field goals head coach Didi Cotton's squad made the entire first half as they trailed the Dutchwomen, 27-14, after 20 minutes.
The Gophers went on to make only six more baskets in the second half and wound up suffering their first loss of the season, 59-27.
Only three Goucher players got into the scoring act in the first half: Bull and Olivia Nono (Silver Spring, Md./Montgomery Blair) supplied the Gophers (3-1) with five points apiece and the remaining four points were courtesy of Jaida Scarborough (Baltimore, Md./Digital Harbor).
A made 3-point basket by Jenni Barra on Union's first possession of the second half ignited a 15-0 run by the Dutchwomen (3-0), who led 42-14 when Amy Fisher knocked down a 3-point attempt nearly seven minutes into the period.
Union's Kate Thompson was the only double-digit scorer for either team as she finished with 11 points.
Nono was the leading scorer and rebounder for Goucher as she turned in a nine-point, 12-rebound effort and is now averaging 15.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per contest this season.
The loss puts the Gophers in the tournament's consolation where they will face Rivier on Sunday with tip-off at noon.