Women’s Basketball Hangs Tough, Falters against Strong Competition

Conor McLaughlin ‘16, Co-Sports Editor

Over the past week the Women’s basketball team went 1-2, despite playing exceptionally well in two tough losses. A week ago Tuesday against McDaniel the Lady Devils fell in overtime 67-64 after Helen Roberts ’17 tied the game in regulation. They rebounded well against Washington College on the road with 71-57 over the weekend, but lost at home to Centennial powerhouse Muhlenberg 84-71 Monday night. With the two losses the team stands at 12-8 overall and 8-6 in conference.
Dickinson took an early lead over McDaniel before the Terror tied things up at 11 with 2:35 left in the first quarter. Mary Martin ’17 and Helen Roberts ’17 both made shots down the stretch to give the Red Devils a 28-26 lead at halftime. Martin led Dickinson with 17 points on the night, while Roberts added 15 of her own.
The team continued to be hot from beyond the arc and at clutch moments. Sam Kennedy ’16 was 2-3 from three. The senior guard opened the second half with a big shot and later stretched Dickinson’s lead to eight at the 5:52 mark of the third quarter. Kelsey Walsh ’17 also joined the fun with 4:45 left to play.
McDaniel however would battle back to take the lead thanks to guard Karli Zeps who finished the game with 20 points. Helen Roberts hit an amazing shot with only 14 seconds left, eventually sending the game to overtime. Alas, the Terror pulled away in extra time to seal the victory.
The Red Devils traveled to the Eastern Shore to play Washington College the following Saturday. Similar to many of their games this season, Coach Bixby’s team jumped out to an early lead before allowing their opponent back into the game. However they ended the first quarter on an 8-0 swing to take a commanding 19-11 lead.
Lindsey Zwecker ’17 Jennifer Smith ’17 both helped to expand the Red Devil advantage in the second quarter. By the third, the team led the Shorewomen by 20 points and 60-38 with 5:52 remaining. They sailed to an easy 71-57 victory for their 12th win of the season.
The women’s team faced another contested game at home against Muhlenberg on Monday Feb. 8. Originally scheduled for the weekend of the snowstorm, both teams faced off to start the week. The Red Devils had their hands full with the #12 ranked Mules, who came into the game in second place in the conference.
Yet Dickinson was right there for the majority of the game. Martin and Kennedy broke out early and kept pace with Muhlenberg. The first quarter ended tied at 21 all. Overall the team had trouble getting the ball into the post and was forced to take up a lot of time swinging the ball from side to side on offense. Luckily, Kennedy had a superb night from three, going 6-11 with 20 points.
The Mules were able to pull away late with a 24 point fourth quarter. Star guard Brandi Vallely proved to be the difference as she scored a Muhlenberg record-tying 39 points on the night.

The women’s basketball team continues their pursuit to earn a spot in the Centennial Conference Tournament this weekend against Swarthmore at 2:00pm in the Kline. Join the Dickinson community in honoring seniors Sam Kennedy and Rachel Sisco in their final home game as Red Devils.