CHESTERTOWN — With each of its five starters scoring at least seven points, and three in double digits, Washington dismissed visiting Immaculata, 73-56, Saturday in the season opening women’s basketball game for both schools.
Senior guard Caitlyn Clark put up 18 points on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor and 7-of-8 from the free-throw line. She had two steals, three assists and four rebounds in a team-leading 31 minutes.
Seniors Taylor Samuels and Bridget McLaughlin contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively. McLaughlin led the team with nine rebounds.
Off the bench, freshman guard Emilee Cramer totaled nine points, seven rebounds, four assists and four steals in a noteworthy college debut.
Cramer scored five points in five minutes of the third quarter, when Washington closed on a 14-2 run to extend its lead to 50-34.
For Immaculata, Theresa Kearney dropped in 18 points to share scoring honors with WC’s Clark. Her jumper with 3 minutes, 7 seconds remaining in the first half gave the Mighty Macs their only lead of the afternoon, 25-24.
Kearney picked up her second foul just 13 seconds later and went to the bench. A pair of Clark free throws restored locals’ lead and, with Kearney out of the game, they closed the half on a 10-2 half flurry to pull ahead, 34-27.
Clark totaled eight points in the first half, and added eight more points in the final quarter.
Kearney scored 15 of the Mighty Macs’ first 25 points, but was 1-of-6 from the floor in the second half.
The closest Immaculata got after intermission was 36-32 with 1:53 elapsed on two Kaitlyn Racobaldo free throws.
Washington responded with the decisive 14-2 run, which started with a McLaughlin fast-break layup with 6:58 to play in the third quarter and ended with a pair of Cramer foul shots.
Kramer and sophomore guard Crystal Jones (seven points) buried 3-pointers during the run.
Kearney’s only field goal in the second half capped a 15-7 run for Immaculata to shrink the deficit to single digits, 57-49 with 4:18 remaining, but Caitlyn Clark knocked down a three 11 seconds later to short-circuit the rally.
Washington led by at least 11 points the rest of the way.
Washington shot 46% from the floor. Immaculata shot 28% (16-of-57).
This is Alisha Mosley’s seventh year as head coach here. She returns 11 players from last year’s 9-16 campaign.
There are six seniors: guard Caitlyn Clark (Media, Pa.), forward Samantha Howell (Chevy Chase, Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School), guard Rosie Martin (Wyckoff, N.J.), guard Bridget McLaughlin (Newark, Del.), forward Cassidy Quattro (Lansdale, Pa.) and forward Taylor Samuels (Elkton, Sanford School [Del.]).
McLaughlin, who earned honorable mention in voting by the Centennial Conference coaches, was the team MVP for 2018-19. She led Washington in scoring (8.9 ppg), with 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest. She started all 25 games.
Clark, who also started all 25 games, led the team in assists per game (3.4) and steals per game (1.7). She averaged 6.5 points and 4.4 rebounds.
Quattro was second on the team in scoring with 7.9 points per game and averaged 4.8 rebounds.
Samuels (3.1 ppg) appeared in all 25 games. Martin made 10 starts in 24 games.
The only junior is transfer Gemma Mochi (New Market, Pa.), a 6-foot-1 forward/center who played at Division II Georgian Court in 2017-18 and Shepherd in 2018-19. At Shepherd last winter she averaged 1.4 points and 1.0 rebounds in 18 games.
Five sophomores return: guard Jess Giblin (Severna Park, Severna Park), Emily Helms (Springfield, Pa.), Crystal Jones (Silver Spring, Wheaton), Olivia Levin (Cape May, N.J.) and Madeline Williams (Oxford, Pa.).
Williams (1.4 ppg and 2.5 rpg) appeared in all 25 games with 14 starts. Helms (2.6 ppg), Giblin and Jones each appeared in at least 21 games last year.
The freshmen are Emilee Cramer (Ottsville, Pa.), Lizzie Hudock (Salem, N.J.), Andrea Prestianne (Kennett Square, Pa.) and Joy Sanders (Baltimore, Cristo Rey Jesuit).