(Lancaster, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's basketball team held off a late run by host Franklin & Marshall, hitting six straight free throws to secure a 74-63 victory on Wednesday night.
The first quarter never saw a lead of more than two points with the Diplomats holding a 14-13 advantage at the end of the opening 10 minutes. First-year Halle Maeda (Santa Monica, Calif./Mira Costa) put the Red Devils on the board before sophomore Hannah Heiring (Wayzata, Minn./Wayzata) scored the next eight points to lead the way.
Heiring scored and then hit a three-pointer to start the second quarter, keeping the Devils in front. Senior Kassidy Lesher (Shoemakersville, Pa./Hamburg) took over in the paint, leading Dickinson to a 34-29 lead at halftime.
The Devils built the lead to 11 at the end of the third and maintained the margin for the better part of the fourth. F&M made a late run, but solid free throw shooting from Lizzie Becker (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends), Maeda and Lesher closed out the game.
Lesher had a huge night, netting a career-high 27 points and recording her 17th double-double of the season, adding 14 rebounds while going 9-for-13 from the free throw line.
Heiring scored 19 points while Padalino was just shy of double figures, scoring nine points, going 4-for-4 from the field. McBride tallied seven points, five rebounds and four assists. Maeda added eight points, two assists, a block and a steal.
Kristin Hamill led F&M with 22 points as they fall to 9-15 overall and 6-13 in the Centennial Conference.
The Red Devils improve to 9-15 overall and 9-10 in the conference. They travel to Washington College for the regular season finale on Saturday at 2:00 pm.