(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's basketball team kept visiting Muhlenberg in its sights all night but the Mules held on in the end to claim the Centennial Conference opener, 53-47, on Tuesday at the Kline Center.
Ashley Polera hit a three-pointer and scored a late lay-up to put Muhlenberg in front, 16-9, at the end of the first quarter.
First-year Briana Breski (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) knocked down a big three-pointer and Emily Padalino (West Sand Lake, N.Y./Albany Academy) finished the quarter strong, making a steal and scoring to pull the Devils within 24-18 at the end of the half.
First-year Kate Deutsch (Marlton, N.J./Camden Catholic) had a strong start in the second half and put the Red Devils in front on a three-point play at the 3:32 mark. Deutsch finished an assist from sophomore Claudia Maira (Baldwin, N.Y./Sacred Heart) to pull the Red Devils within one at the end of the third.
Emilie Benton buried back-to-back three-pointers to stretch the lead to seven to start the final period. The Red Devils answered and pulled even at 41 with the help of three-pointers from Jennifer Kremp (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown) and Padalino.
Kremp hit a pair of free throws to put Dickinson in front at the 5:19 mark but the Mules would counter, adding another three-pointer from Benton and two free throws from Sara Dilly to secure the win and remain unbeaten on the season.
Deutsch had another stellar outing, scoring a game and career-high 20 points to go with eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Padalino reached double-figures with 10 points, adding four rebounds a steal and a blocked shot.
Maira did a little of everything in the second half, finishing with six points, eight rebounds and four assists. Kremp tallied six points and five rebounds while junior Hannah Heiring (Wayzata, Minn./Wayzata) blocked three shots on the night and grabbed three rebounds.
The Red Devils slip to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference while the Mules move to 4-0 and 1-0 on the season. Dickinson is home again on Thursday, November 29, hosting McDaniel College at 7:00 pm.