(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's basketball team played one of its best games of the season, despite a tough loss to visiting Johns Hopkins University on Saturday. The Red Devils pulled in front late, but the Blue Jays escaped with a 59-53 decision.
The Blue Jays used an 8-2 run to close out the first quarter, leading 17-10. After Hopkins scored to start the second, the Red Devils countered, cutting the deficit to just a possession, 19-16, on a steal and score by sophomore Lauren McBride (Trenton, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's), at the 7:52 mark.
McBride answered a pair of Blue Jay free throws with a three-pointer before classmate Emily Padalino (West Sand Lake, N.Y./Albany Academy) put back a rebound to tie the game, 21-21, with just under five minutes to play in the half.
Madison McGrath scored with a late three-pointer before Kassidy Lesher (Shoemakersville, Pa./Hamburg) cut the lead to one at the half, 26-25.
Hopkins stretched to lead to eight in the opening four minutes of the second half but the Red Devils would make a run of their own, using a 7-1 stint to cut the margin to a field goal, 34-32, with 2:13 remaining in the period.
The teams entered the fourth quarter with Hopkins leading, 38-34. The Blue Jays tried to pull away again, but the Devils kept coming back. First-year Halle Maeda (Santa Monica, Calif./Mira Costa) buried a three-pointer and Dickinson trailed by one with 5:34 remaining.
Hopkins built the lead back to five with just over three minutes to play. Lesher took over, scoring a pair of field goals, blocking a shot and adding a steal to set the stage for Dickinson to pull in front.
McBride put the Devils on top, 53-52, with a pair of free throws. Sofia Way came back and hit a big three-pointer to put the Blue Jays back in front, 55-53. Way would hit a pair of free throws and Lillian Scott added to more with 10 seconds remaining to secure the win.
Way led Hopkins with 16 points and seven rebounds as they improve to 5-4 overall and 4-2 in the Centennial Conference.
McBride went 5-for-7 from the field, scoring 14 points and making three steals. Lesher was just shy of a double-double with 13 points, nine rebounds and a pair of steals. Maeda reached double-figures with 11 points to go with three assists.
Hannah Heiring (Wayzata, Minn./Wayzata) added 10 rebounds, six points, three assists and two steals, and first-year Claudia Maira (Clinton, N.J./North Hunterdon) tallied five points, seven rebounds and two steals on the afternoon.
The Red Devils travel to California at the end of the month to face Wisconsin-River Falls on December 29 and Emmanuel College on December 31. Both games will be played at Whittier College.