Swarthmore Slips Past Devils 72-70
|(Carlisle, Pa.) – Visiting Swarthmore College held off a late run by Dickinson to split the series with a 72-70 win on Tuesday night.|
The Garnet struck first and led throughout the first half, stretching the margin to as many as 10 in the opening stanza. The Red Devils rallied to cut the deficit to 33-29 at halftime.
After the break, the Garnet built the lead again, holding a nine point advantage at the 16:04 and pulling in front 60-47 with 8:37 remaining in regulation.
The Red Devils turned up the pressure again, tying the game at 4:54 with a 12-0 run. Junior guard Brooke Muller (Northampton, Pa./Whitehall) drained a three-pointer to knot the game at 62-62.
Trailing by six, first-year Lindsay Finnerty (Tenafly, N.J./Tenafly)was fouled on a rebound. She converted both free throws to pull the Devils within four.
Dickinson forced a pair of turnovers and junior Alesha Sisco (Effort, Pa./Blair Academy) scored on the inbounds pass to make the score 70-68 with 41 seconds on the clock.
The Devils fouled and the Garnet missed, putting the rebound in the hands of Carole Dempsey (Potomac, Md./Winston Churchill). Dempsey scored to tie the game again, 70-70, with an assist from Taylor Miller (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion) with just 10 seconds to play.
Ceylan Bodur (Istanbul, Turkey/Robert College) answered with a lay-up, scoring with just four seconds on the clock.
Following a timeout, Lisa Schumacher (Middlebury, Conn./Westover) intercepted the inbounds pass and was immediately fouled with three seconds left to play.
The Garnet missed again and Finnerty pulled the rebound but was unable to get a decent look at the basket for a final shot.
Dempsey finished with a game-high 19 points, hitting 8-of-11 shots from the floor. She added seven rebounds, four steals and a pair of assists. Sisco tallied 18 points and six rebounds, going a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line. Finnerty reached double-figures with 11 points, going 5-for-5 from the stripe.
Kathryn Stockbower (Fort Washington, Pa./Upper Dublin) led Swarthmore (6-7, 3-5) with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
The Red Devils slip to 8-4 overall and 4-4 in the Centennial Conference. They travel to Washington College on Thursday. The game time has been changed to 6:00 pm.