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Women’s Basketball Suffers Early Setbacks

The Dickinson women's basketball team lost a pair of close games last week to non-conference opponents.

The Dickinson women's basketball team lost a pair of close games last week to non-conference opponents.

Connor Moore ‘18, Sports Editor

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The Dickinson women’s basketball team suffered a pair of losses in the Washington & Jefferson Tournament in Washington Pennsylvania, falling to Mount Union, 78-67, in the opening round on Friday, November 17, and to Hiram College, 81-70, in the second round on Saturday, November 18.

The Red Devils jumped out to 9-0 lead over Mount Union before the Raiders tied things up at15 with 3:26 left in the first quarter. Dickinson went on a 6-2 run to close out the first with a 21-17 lead.

The Red Devils held a narrow lead but Mt. Union kept things close and eventually the Raiders pulled even at 30 with just under three minutes left until halftime. Dickinson managed to pull ahead though, and entered the half with a 37-34 advantage.

Mt. Union used a few three-pointers to take the lead midway through the third quarter 50-44. They stretched the margin to 14 to lead 66-52 going into the fourth.

Kassidy Lesher ’18 hit a jump shot to reduce the Raiders’ lead to single digits, 72-63, with just under three minutes left to play.

Mt. Union played solid defense and went 4-for-4 from the free-throw line in the closing minutes to secure the win.

Lesher was the Red Devils’ top performer, earning a double-double with 17 points and controlling 11 rebounds and going 8-of-13 from the floor on the night. Hannah Heiring ’20 also reached double digits in point with 13, in addition to sinking 5-of-6 free throws and racking up four assists.

Hiram jumped out to an early lead in game two, leading 10-2, just over halfway into the first quarter McBride made a few free throws to start off a Dickinson run in which strong play from Heiring and Mairead Donahue ’18 cut the Terriers’ lead to one. Heiring sank a three-pointer at the end of the quarter to give the Red Devils a 21-18 heading into the second.

Hiram went on an 8-1 run to take a 32-25 lead, with 3:35 left until halftime. They kept the Red Devils at bay to stay out front, 41-34, at the break.

Dickinson came out of halftime on a mission and put together an 8-2 run to cut the Terriers’ lead to one with seven minutes left in the third quarter. Hiram answered in kind, re-extending their lead back to nine point, 61-52, heading into the fourth.

The Terriers eventually stretched the margin to 15 but the Red Devils made a final push to bring the deficit to within eight with just over two minutes to play, but Hiram would hold on for the 11-point victory.

The Red Devils fall to 0-3 overall on the season and will travel to Allentown to face off against Muhlenberg on Thursday, November 30.

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