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.

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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.