Strong Start, Balanced Offense Leads Devils Past Garnet

Strong Start, Balanced Offense Leads Devils Past Garnet

(Swarthmore, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's basketball team had a strong start on the way to a 63-42 win at Swarthmore College on Saturday.

The Red Devils stormed out to a 17-6 lead at the end of the first quarter behind strong starts from senior Kassidy Lesher (Shoemakersville, Pa./Hamburg) and sophomore Lauren McBride (Trenton, N.J./Gill St. Bernard's).

Sophomore Emily Padalino (West Sand Lake, N.Y./Albany Academy) had a solid start as well. She knocked down a three-pointer to put the Red Devils up by 10, late in the second quarter, and hit a free throw as Dickinson stretched the margin to 29-18 at halftime.

McBride scored an early bucket to start the third period and sophomore Lizzie Becker (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends) hit a three-pointer to put the Devils up, 34-18. Padalino and Becker led the way in the third as Dickinson stretched the margin to 46-31, at the end of the quarter.

The duo scored back-to-back field-goals to open the fourth as the Red Devils continued to build on the lead over the final 10 minutes.

Padalino led the way with a game-high 17 points, adding four rebounds and three steals while going 4-for-6 from the free throw line. Lesher finished with another double-double, scoring 15 points and controlling 14 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass.

McBride and Becker each reached double-figures with 11 points on the afternoon. McBride pulled down eight rebounds, tallied four steals and blocked three shots while went a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line.

Hayley Raymond led Swarthmore with 10 points as the Garnet falls to 3-12 overall and 1-9 in the Centennial Conference.

The Red Devils improve to 6-10 overall and 6-5 in the conference. They are on the road again on Tuesday, traveling to Johns Hopkins University for a 7:00 pm tip-off.

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