(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's basketball team made a late run at visiting York College, but the Spartans held off the charge to escape with a 50-48 win here on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils had a great start with back-to-back three-pointers from Emily Padalino (West Sand Lake, N.Y./Albany Academy) and Jennifer Kremp (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown). Kremp added a three-point play on a driving lay up to stretch the early lead to 9-3.
Junior Claudia Maira (Clinton, N.J./North Hunterdon) finished the quarter with a strong move to the basket, giving Dickinson a 17-10 advantage.
The Spartans put together a 9-2 run to start the second, pulling even at 19 with just over five minutes to play in the half. The closed out the period on a 7-0 clip to lead 28-23 at the break.
York sank a three-pointer to open the second half and built a 10-point lead at the end of the third.
The Red Devils made a strong run to start the fourth, using an 8-3 run to cut the deficit to 45-40, at the midpoint of the quarter. Kayla Ferris answered with back-to-back scores to give York a nine-point advantage, with just under four minutes to play.
Dickinson continued to keep the pressure on as Maira hit a free throw and knocked down a three-pointer before first-year Maura Leverone (Herndon, Va./Bishop O'Connell) added a pair from the charity stripe to make it a one-possession game (49-46) with 1:34 on the clock.
Halle Maeda (Santa Monica, Calif./Mira Costa) buried a pull-up jumper to cut the margin to one point with 37 seconds left to play.
The Red Devils forced a turnover but were unable to convert on the offensive end. They were forced to foul, putting Molly Day on the line with 10 seconds on the clock. Day converted one of two, giving Dickinson a final shot.
Maeda drove and pulled-up, but the shot was just off the mark for the final of 50-48.
Kremp led a balanced offensive attack with 10 points and four rebounds, going 5-for-5 from the free throw line.
Maeda went 4-for-4 from the stripe, adding eight points and four rebounds while Leverone tallied seven points and three rebounds. Padalino led the Red Devils on the boards with 12 rebounds while first-year Kate Montgomery (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) grabbed nine rebounds to go with five points.
Padalino and Maira each finished with six points while Maira added a pair of steals.
As a team the Dickinson went 17-for-20 from the free throw line.
The Red Devils slip to 0-3 on the season. They open Centennial Conference play on Saturday, traveling to Franklin & Marshall for a 1:00 pm tip-off.