LANCASTER, Pa. –- Though Franklin & Marshall led through much of the game, No. 13 Lebanon Valley was able to battle back and force two overtime periods. In the end, the Dutchmen left with an 81-76 win against the Diplomats on Wednesday.
Caitlin Bach led the push with a season-high 19 points and recorded her second double-double with 10 rebounds. Kiely Chaklos, Tierney Hiltz and Lauren Ruhl also reached double-digit scoring with 16, 14, and 12 points, respectively.
The Dutchmen (10-2) trailed through the entire first half and into the middle of the second half. Chaklos drove for a layup at 12:25 to bring the game to a tie at 45 and then Liz Borgia drove for another to give the team a 47-45 edge for its first lead of the night.
The Diplomats (4-6) recaptured the lead through most of the game, leading by as many as five points. Bach grabbed an offensive rebound, converting with a layup to tie the game at 64 with 52 seconds on the clock, which carried the game into the first overtime.
The teams combined for 14 total points of offense in what amounted to a stalemate at 71, forcing the second overtime.
The Dutchmen outscored the Diplomats 10-5 in the final period and posted their final three points on free throws by Chaklos.