January 30, 2013

Women's Basketball Keeps Hopes Alive

The women’s basketball team went 5-4 from the beginning of winter break through last week’s action, putting them in seventh place. They sit one game outside the playoff standings.

On Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Red Devils were crushed by Gettysburg, 62-46, in a game that had nothing go their way from start to finish. The offense, which had turned things around from last season and played well earlier this year, struggled, putting up only 46 points for the second game in a row. “We want to change how we play. We want to make the playoffs and make a run at the conference title, we are tired of losing,” said Captain Bridget Borgese ’13.

On Saturday, Jan. 21, the Red Devils traveled to Ursinus for a crucial conference showdown against the Bears. After struggling early in the game, a 23-6 run over the final seven minutes of play propelled the Red Devils to a 68-57 win.

The Red Devils trailed Ursinus by three at halftime before an offensive outburst in the second half when the senior trio of Borgese, Dana Walsh ’13, and Belma Mekic ’13 took over the game. Borgese gave the Red Devils their first lead of the day at the 15:23 mark when she hit a jump shot for a 45-44 lead. However, Ursinus regained and extended their lead to 51-45 with 7:13 remaining in the game. With 2:38 left, Borgese went to foul line with a chance to tie the game. After hitting the first, she missed the second, but Walsh grabbed an offensive rebound and made an up-and-under layup to give the Red Devils the lead for good.Dickinson sealed the game hitting their free throws down the stretch, going 24-30 on the day and 13-16 in the final minutes.

“Ursinus was a great game for us,” said Kelsey Barclay ’13. “We stayed focused, stopped their runs and went on runs of our own. Our offense really clicked. We’re excited to take this momentum into this last stretch towards playoffs.” Mekic led the way with 20 points. Walsh finished the game with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Borgese added 17 and 6.

The win moved the Devils to 11-7 overall and 7-7 in the conference. They will host McDaniel on Thursday, Jan. 31, before hosting Washington on Saturday, Feb. 2.