Lebanon Valley gets to first Elite Eight
Hoover just misses triple-double as Dutchmen reach new level
ANNVILLE, Pa. – Four double digit scorers propelled Lebanon Valley to an 83-61 win against William Paterson on Friday evening in the sectional round of the NCAA Tournament. The Dutchmen advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.
Andrea Hoover came just short of a triple-double with 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Her 25 points were just shy of the career-high 26 scored against Messiah on Feb. 27, 2010.
Renee Fritz registered her third double-double of the season with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Suzie Noyes (13) and Tierney Hiltz (10) rounded out the scoring for the Dutchmen.
Using rebounding to its advantage, LVC grabbed 52 rebounds to William Paterson's 30 boards. Hoover and Caitlin Murphy helped Fritz with nine rebounds each.
BriAnna Lucas led the way for the Pioneers with 19 points, while April Smith added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds.
Opening the game with a jumper from Fritz, Lebanon Valley jumped out to a 13-5 lead at 16:28. Holding the Pioneers to five points and scoring eight, the Dutchmen hit a first-half high of 11 points with 12:01 remaining.
Three consecutive baskets, including two 3-pointers by the Pioneers cut LVC's lead to three. Hoover responded with a 3-pointer and the Dutchmen scored nine more points to finish the half. William Paterson tallied seven points to finish the first down 33-25.
Tying up the score just one time and changing leads twice in the first half, Lebanon Valley used 18 points in the paint in the first while holding William Paterson to eight inside.
Breaking the scoring open in the second half, LVC scored 50 points and William Paterson notched 36 points. A jumper from Tatiana Javis and a 3-pointer by Floriana Borova put the Pioneers back within three points. Trading shots, LVC led by two points with 17:35 remaining. The game stayed close until a basket from Caitlin Murphy made it 45-38.
The Pioneers posted three consecutive baskets to come within one point, the closest they'd get as Lebanon Valley went on a 20-2 run during the next 5:09 to run ahead by 19 points. A 3-pointer by Hiltz, a three-point play from Hoover, and another 3 ball from Hiltz helped propel the rally.
LVC shot 50 percent from the floor and 88.2 percent at the free throw line, while William Paterson hit 34.3 percent from field goal range, 25 percent behind the arc and 54.5 percent at the line.
The Dutchmen face Christopher Newport on Saturday with a trip to the Final Four on the line.