(Lancaster, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's basketball team pulled away for a 74-63 win at Franklin & Marshall on Wednesday night.
The Red Devils had strong starts in both halves and held off the Diplomats as they looked to rally. Dickinson kept the hosts off the board for almost four minutes, jumping out to an 11-2 lead on a Kate Deutsch (Marlton, N.J./Camden Catholic) three-pointer.
Jennifer Kremp (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown) stretched the margin to 17-4 with back-to-back three-pointers as the Red Devils led 19-9 at the end of the first quarter.
The Red Devils were solid from the line, going 6-for-6, but struggled from the field as the Diplomats rallied in the second to cut the deficit to just four at halftime, 31-27.
Deutsch and Kremp each scored five points in the third while Katie Weaver (Malvern, Pa./Episcopal Academy) added four points and three rebounds as the Red Devils outscored the hosts, 22-13, to hold a 53-40 advantage at the end of the third.
F&M clawed its way back once again, cutting the lead to six before Kremp answered with a three-pointer. The Diplomats kept coming, pulling within a field-goal at the 4:38 mark.
Kremp sank a pair of free throws and Halle Maeda (Santa Monica, Calif./Mira Costa) and Emily Padalino (West Sand Lake, N.Y./Albany Academy) buried back-to-back three-pointers to put Dickinson up by 10 with just over three minutes to play.
The Red Devils were solid at the line down the stretch, going 10-for-12 in the fourth quarter and 18-for-21 in the second half to secure the win.
Kremp led the way with 19 points and six rebounds, hitting a trio of three-pointers and going 6-for-7 from the line on the night. Deutsch went 5-for-6 from the stripe, adding 12 points and five rebounds.
Sophomore point guard Claudia Maira (Clinton, N.J./North Hunterdon) turned in a great performance as well, netting 10 points to go with five rebounds and a pair off assists. Weaver and Padalino both finished with eight points. Padalino added five rebounds while Weaver came away with four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Maeda was just shy of double-figures with nine points, going 4-for-4 from the line.
The Red Devils shot 26-of-30 from the free throw line as a team. They improve to 3-4 overall and 1-3 in the Centennial Conference. They are on the road again on Saturday, traveling to Johns Hopkins for a 1:00 pm start.