Lebanon Valley dances to sectionals
ANNVILLE, Pa. – A season-high 23 points from Suzie Noyes paced No. 17/16 Lebanon Valley to a 73-56 win against Randolph-Macon in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday evening. The Dutchmen advance to the sectionals round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Caitlin Murphy registered her first career double-double with 10 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, while Caitlin Bach added 10 rebounds in the victory. Three other players scored 10 or more points for the Valley, including Tierney Hiltz (12), Liz Borgia (11), and Andrea Hoover (10).
Four players scored 10 or more points for Randolph-Macon, and Taylor Wieczorek notched a double-double with 12 points and 14 rebounds.
In the first half, Noyes notched 12 points and Murphy grabbed eight rebounds including four offensive boards. LVC started the game with back-to-back jumpers from Hoover and Murphy for early command. Randolph-Macon responded with two consecutive 3-pointers and went on to score five more in the first half. Eight consecutive points by the Dutchmen in a 1 minute span put them up 12-6, and the Yellow Jackets went on their own run after for a two point lead at 11:29.
Lebanon Valley tied the game for the third time at 9:46 and Randolph-Macon grabbed the lead shortly after. A 3-pointer from Molly Brown at 6:15 put the Yellow Jackets up by six points, but the Dutchmen responded with 10 in a row to lead 30-26. The game remained close and a jumper from Wieczorek with 1 second remaining in the half cut LVC's lead to three points at 34-31.
Randolph-Macon opened the second half with six baskets for a three-point lead. A free-throw from Hiltz tied the game at 37 and came even again 25 seconds later for the sixth time in the contest. The Yellow Jackets held the lead until 11:10 when a layup by Hiltz put the Dutchmen back in the driver's seat.
The Dutchmen controlled for the remainder of the contest, leading by six points with 5:30 to play. LVC held Randolph-Macon without a basket for the final 3:59 of the game and rattled off 14 points to claim the 73-56 win.
The 2010-11 squad is just the third basketball team in LVC history to appear in the sectionals and first women's team to do so.
The Dutchmen will face No. 19/17 William Paterson on Friday, March 11, in the sectionals round. Time and location are to be determined.