The Goucher College women's basketball team played incredible well on Wednesday night despite the outcome. The Gophers held the lead for a good amount of the first three quarters and stood toe-to-toe with Juniata College until the end in a 61-56 setback in Landmark Conference action.
Alayna McFadden paced Goucher with 16 points and five rebounds. The freshman shot 7-fo-14 from the floor including 2 of 7 from the behind the arc including a trey at the halftime buzzer to give the Gophers a 31-28 lead going into the locker room.
Anise Williams stuffed the stat sheet with 13 points, six rebounds, eight steals, four assists and three blocks.
Jorryn Avery added a career-high 12 points and added five rebounds, two steals and two assists. Avery notched her first career double-digit point game thanks to four baskets from the floor, a trey and three free throws.
Nicole Wolard chipped in nine points, six rebounds and four assists in the loss.
The Rangers enter the contest 11-8 overall and 4-5 in Landmark Conference action.
Drew is 5-4 on the road this season.
In their last contest, the Rangers lost to Moravian on Wednesday.
Julia Ramos leads the team with 13.2 points per game while Erin Frederiick is the top rebounder at 5.9 rebounds per game.
Head coach John Olenowski is in his third season as the head coach at Drew.
Alayna McFadden has reached double figures in points in six of her last seven games and 15 times on the season. She has also hauled in at least five board 18 times in her freshman campaign. McFadden ranks second on the team with 14.1 points and leads with 8.1 rebounds per game.
Anise Williams has now scored double digits in eight-straight games and 19 times this season. Williams notched a career-high three rejections while posted eight steals for the second time this year and has seven games with at least five thefts. She leads the team with 15.9 points per game.
Jorryn Avery notched eight points or more in three of her first six games before establishing her first career double-digit game on Wednesday. It was also the third time this year she has hauled in at least five boards and the second time in four games after grabbing a career-high six caroms against Catholic on January 23.
Senior Nicole Wolard has posted double figures in points in six of her last eight games and 13 times this season. Wolard has also grabbed at least five rebounds in 14 of her last 15 games and 18 times this season.
The Gophers will play three of their final five games at Decker Sports and Recreation Center.
THE ROAD AHEAD
Goucher travels to Elizabethtown College on Wednesday.