Strong Start, Strong Finish Lead Red Devils Past Washington

Photo by Chris Knight
Photo by Chris Knight

(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson women's basketball team had a strong start and grinded its way to a key Centennial Conference win, turning back Washington College, 57-53, on Saturday afternoon at the Kline Center. 

Junior Hannah Heiring (Wayzata, Minn./Wayzata) knocked down a pair of three-pointers to give the Red Devils an 8-2 advantage. Dickinson built the lead to 17-10 before the Shorewomen closed the gap at the end of the quarter with the score, 20-14. 

Sophomore guard Claudia Maira (Clinton, N.J./North Hunterdon) had a solid second quarter, putting the Red Devils up by double-digits on two occasions with strong play on both ends of the floor. 

Washington kept things close, cutting the deficit to 34-29 at the end of the half. They made a run to start the third, taking a five-point lead behind back-to-back scores from Madeline Williams and Cassidy Quattro. 

The visitors outscored the Devils 12-4 in the period to hold a 41-38 advantage, heading into the final clip. 

Maira had a strong start in the fourth as well, pulling the Devils even. She found Heiring for a three-pointer and Heiring then fed Kate Deutsch (Marlton, N.J./Camden Catholic) for a lay-up to put Dickinson in front, 52-48, with just over three minutes remaining. 

The Devils countered a lay-up from Washington as Deutsch returned the favor, finding Heiring with under a minute to play. 

Bridgette McLaughlin answered with a late three-pointer but Maira would hit a pair of free throws and Halle Maeda (Santa Monica, Calif./Mira Costa) added another for the final of 57-53. 

Maira led the way with a game-high 13 points, going 6-for-6 from the free throw line, adding six rebounds and three assists. Deutsch tallied 11 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Maeda reached double-figures with 10 points, eight rebounds and two steals. 

Jennifer Kremp (Jenkintown, Pa./Jenkintown) had a solid line as well, netting nine points to go with six rebounds and three steals. Heiring finished with eight points and four rebounds and Emily Padalino (West Sand Lake, N.Y./Albany Academy) scored six points to go with four rebounds. 

The Red Devils improve to 7-7 overall and 4-5 in the Centennial Conference. They are on the road on Wednesday, traveling to Bryn Mawr College for a 7:00 pm tip-off.