LANCASTER, Pa. - The Dickinson women's basketball team had three of their five starters post double-digits en route to a comfortable 67-50 Centennial Conference win on Wednesday night over the rival Franklin & Marshall College Diplomats at the Mayser Center.
The Red and White jumped out to the early lead as Gina Neigel scored inside and Jennifer Kremp knocked down a long shot from deep for the 5-0 lead. Natalie Kolb and Kenna Williams helped the home side to chip away at the deficit making it 8-4. Dickinson would extend the lead to six twice at 11-5 on a foul shot by Neigel and 13-7 after Neigel finished off a reserve layup. A 7-2 F&M run cut the margin to 15-14, but four straight by Caitlin Blackman had DC on top 19-14 after one.
Dickinson began the second period scorching hot as they went on a 13-0 run over the opening 4:25 with Kate Montgomery accounting for eight of the points, while Mia Kolb, Clair Marion, and Neigel added buckets for the guests to take a 32-14 advantage. Jenna Weinstein hit a pull-up jumper from just inside the arc during a 5-2 F&M stretch to close within 34-19. However, Blackman beat the buzzer with a jumper to head to the break in front 36-19.
Blackman and Williams traded buckets to start the third, but then four Kolb free throws bookended a 9-2 Devils run to push the lead to 47-25 with 5:12 to go. The two sides traded the next eight points with Montgomery scoring all four for Dickinson to keep the margin over 20 at 51-29. Weinstein would add a pair of tough finishes in the lane to give the Red and White a commanding 55-33 advantage after 30 minutes.
To begin the final frame Indatou Ali-Goukoye and Kennedy Wilburn exchanged "old-fashioned" three-point plays before the Diplomats netted seven in a row finished off by a Williams layup to make it 58-43 with 6:38 remaining. Baskets by Blackman and Montgomery coupled with a Marion three from the right-wing stunted the home momentum as the lead went to 65-47. Ella Smith notched the final bucket for DC at the 8:00 minute mark to seal up the 67-50 win.
Red Devil Leaders
Points - Montgomery and Neigel (14), Blackman (10), Marion (8)
Rebounds - Montgomery (7), Lindsey Hollenshead (6)
Assists - Kremp (5), Kolb (4)
Points - Wilburn (10), Bellamy-Greene (9), Williams (8)
Rebounds - Williams (7)
Assists - Williams (3)
Next on the Court
Dickinson (13-10, 12-7 Centennial) will close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon when they host the Owls of Bryn Mawr College at 2 p.m. inside the Kline.
The Devils rolled the Owls back on February 8th by a score of 77-24. In that game, all 12 players for the Red and White found their way onto the scoresheet. Marion (15), Weinstein (12), and Kremp (10) led the way for Dickinson.