No. 18 Lebanon Valley edges out win
Flying Dutchmen clinch conference tournament birth
GRANTHAM, Pa. -- No. 18 Lebanon Valley led by 11 points with under eight minutes to play before a 17-6 run by Messiah tied the game at 52-52.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 4 Calvin 79, Alma 49|
|No. 8 William Patterson 58, Montclair St. 53|
|No. 10 Mt. Union 87, Muskingum 56|
|No. 12 UW-Stevens Point 84, UW-Platteville 53|
|No. 18 Babson 76, Wellesly 43|
|No. 19 Centre 66, Spalding 54|
|No. 20 UW-Eau Claire 68, UW-Oshkosh 49|
|No. 21 Kean 77, Rowan 54|
A layup by Gia Russo and a pair of free throws by Kiely Chaklos gave LVC a four-point edge, and that was enough to clinch a 56-52 win on Wednesday night.
The victory clinched a fifth-consecutive Commonwealth Conference playoff berth.
For the ninth time this season Tierney Hiltz led Dutchmen scorers (11 points). She scored her first four in a 16-2 run that gave LVC its first lead of the game at 16-8 with 10 minutes to play in the first half.
Messiah's Kira Maier tied the game at 19-19 with 1:27 on the clock, but Renee Fritz gave LVC a two-point edge with a layup 34 seconds before the break.
Liz Borgia led Dutchmen scorers in the second half with nine points, including a 3-pointer during the Falcons final push. She shot a perfect 3-3 from the field in the half. Caitlin Murphy scored 10 total points for LVC, including perfect 2-2 from beyond the arc. Chaklos and Caitlin Bach shared the team lead with seven rebounds each.
Maier led Messiah (16-4, 7-2) with a game-high 16 points. Nicky Hess followed with another 14 points.
Wednesday's win extends the Dutchmen's winning streak to eight games.