Gettysburg Advances to CC Title Game

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GETTYSBURG, Pa. A 20-point performance from junior Ashley Gehrin (Chester, N.J./West Morris Mendham) helped the Gettysburg College women's basketball team defeat Ursinus College 75-51 on Friday night inside Bream Gym to advance to the Centennial Conference Championship game.
Gettysburg (22-4) heads to the conference title game for the third consecutive season and fifth time overall. The Bullets face Haverford College (20-6), which knocked off the second seed Johns Hopkins University 43-41 in a tight game in Friday's second semifinal. For the second straight season, the Bullets and Fords will meet in the conference championship. The game is set to take place at 4 p.m. on Saturday inside Bream Gym.
Gehrin paced the Bullets with 20 points, a career-high five assists, four rebounds, and three steals. Her 20-point performance was her fifth of the season. Sophomore Meredith Brown (Landisburg, Pa./West Perry) posted 15 points, hitting 5-of-8 from the field, grabbed a team-high eight boards, tied a career-high three steals, and three assists. Freshman Tori Yantsos (Rockville, Md./Holy Child) came off the bench to net a career-high 11 points, four assists, and four rebounds.
The Bears were led by Aliyah Stephens who finished the night with 22 points, while Lydia Konstanzer accumulated 19 points and 14 rebounds.
With Gettysburg trailing 11-6 halfway through the first quarter, Yantsos hit a pair of free throws that kickstarted an 11-5 Bullets run to close the quarter. Junior Kiera Cesareo (Randolph, N.J./Randolph) scored six of the 11 points with her second three of the period coming in the last six seconds to lift the Orange and Blue 17-16 heading into the second quarter. The opening half consisted of four ties and four lead changes.
The Bullets pulled ahead 25-16 after fueling an 8-0 run, holding the Bears scoreless for the first five minutes into the second quarter. The Bears drained three shots from the foul line and hit a trey with under 1:05 left on the clock to come within five, but the Bullets held on to the 31-26 advantage at intermission. Gehrin was on fire in the quarter as she outscored Ursinus on her own, tallying 12 points to the Bears 10.
Back-to-back baskets from Brown engineered an 8-0 run to kick off the third quarter for the Bullets. The Bears then outscored Gettysburg 10-2 to cut the deficit down to five (41-36) with 3:52 remaining in the quarter. Freshman Seanna McNamara (Berwyn, Pa./The Episcopal Academy) netted five of the last nine points for the Bullets to increase the advantage 50-36 at the end of the third.
Gettysburg's offense continued to soar into the final quarter as they led by a game-high 23 points off of a lay-up by freshman Avery Bennett (Center Valley, Pa./Southern Lehigh) with 1:31 to go. The score never dropped below 12 points as the team shot a quarter-best 57.1 percent overall to seal the victory.
Gettysburg finished 26-of-58 (44.8 percent) from the floor, 19-of-24 (79.2 percent) from the charity stripe, and finished with a 43-34 advantage on the glass. Ursinus made 17-of-56 (30.4 percent) field goals and 15-of-27 (55.6 percent) from the free throw line.