Cougars Claw Past Devils to Remain Unbeaten

Photo by Chris Knight
Photo by Chris Knight

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's basketball team played even with unbeaten Misericordia University for all but the third quarter on Sunday afternoon. The Cougars came out of the break and made a strong run to put them in position for a 72-64 win to improve to 11-0 on the season.

Misericordia pulled in front by five, late in the first period before sophomore Halle Maeda (Santa Monica, Calif./Mira Costa) knocked down a three-pointer to cut the lead to 14-12 at the first break.

The Cougars hit a pair of field-goals to open a six-point advantage, but Dickinson would bounce back to keep the game close and took a 26-23 lead on a Jennifer Kremp (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown) at the 2:56 mark. The guests closed out the quarter with a 6-0 clip to lead, 29-26, at halftime.

Misericordia opened the second half with an 11-0 run before Claudia Maira (Clinton, N.J./North Hunterdon) scored and then fed Maeda for a three-pointer to bring the Red Devils back within single-digits.

A strong finish from Tessa Zamolyi and Kalynn Sefcik gave the Cougars a 54-40 advantage at the end of the third.

The Red Devils trailed by 21 at the mid-point of the fourth quarter but would not let up down the stretch. Maira was a spark at the free throw line while Kate Deutsch (Marlton, N.J./Camden Catholic) went to work inside and converted three straight free throws and a nice feed from Maira to cut the margin to 12.

Emily Padalino (West Sand Lake, N.Y./Albany Academy) hit a three-pointer and fed Deutsch for a lay-up to make the final margin 72-64.

Deutsch was just shy of a double-double, scoring a game-high 21 points to go with eight rebounds and a pair of steals. Padalino went 3-for-3 from long range, finishing with 15 points and three rebounds. Maeda hit a trio of three-pointers, scoring nine points to go with six rebounds and three assists.

Briana Breski (Harrisburg, Pa./Bishop McDevitt) tallied seven points, three rebounds and two steals while Maira finished with six points and three assists. Kremp hit a pair of triples for six points and Katie Weaver (Malvern, Pa./Episcopal Academy) added four rebounds, three assists and three steals on the afternoon.

The Red Devils slip to 3-6 on the season. They are in action again on Wednesday, hosting Lancaster Bible College at 5:30 pm.