F&M Uses Strong Second Half to Claim Conference Opener

Claudia Maira goes in for a lay up
Photo by Matt O'Haren

(Lancaster, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's basketball team had four players reach double figures on Saturday but couldn't catch host Franklin & Marshall despite a strong start on the road. The Red Devils led early but a strong second half secured a 72-57 win for the Diplomats.

Emily Padalino (West Sand Lake, N.Y./Albany Academy) hit a pair of free throws and a three-pointer to help the Red Devils build an 11-4 lead to start the game.

Jennifer Kremp (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown) hit a three-pointer, Halle Maeda (Santa Monica, Calif./Mira Costa) converted a three-point play and Padalino added two more free throws to put Dickinson up 19-10, late in the quarter.

First-year Kate Montgomery (Scituate, Mass./Scituate) hit a pair of shots as the Red Devils led at the first break, 23-15. Classmate Maura Leverone (Herndon, Va./Bishop O'Connell) had a strong start in the second quarter, scoring on a jumper and knocking down a three-pointer to stretch the lead to 30-19.

The Diplomats closed out the quarter with a 17-4 run to take a 36-34 lead into the half. They stayed hot to start the third, hitting back-to-back three-pointers to lead 43-36 at the 7:35 mark.

F&M built the lead to double figures before Dickinson cut the deficit to 53-46, heading into the fourth quarter.

Maeda kept the Devils close, scoring on a pair of lay ups in the fourth and hit a three-pointer to cut the lead to 10, with 3:02 remaining.

F&M would hold on to claim the conference opener behind a game-high 19 points from Kristin Hamill.

Padalino led the Red Devils with 13 points and five rebounds, going 4-for-4 from the free throw line. Leverone was 6-for-6 from the stripe, adding 11 points on the afternoon.

Montgomery and Maeda each finished with 10 points while Montgomery added eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Claudia Maira (Clinton, N.J./North Hunterdon) tallied six rebounds, four points, three assists and two steals.

The Red Devils slip to 0-3 on the season. They are on the road again on Tuesday, traveling to Muhlenberg College for a 6:00 pm tip-off.