Widener fell behind early, but regained the lead soon after and held it for the remainder of the game in a 69-59 Commonwealth Conference victory against No. 17 Lebanon Valley on Wednesday at Schwartz Center.
Widener fell to a 3-0 deficit early in the game, but a layup from Jennifer Egee followed by a 3-pointer from Kate Dellinger gave the Pride its first lead of the game. Less than a minute later, sophomore Ally Ferrucci turned a steal into a layup in the paint to force Lebanon Valley into its first timeout. Widener (14-4, 9-2 CC) held tight to the lead for the remainder of the first half, sending the game into the halftime break with a 38-30 lead.
Coming back into the second half, Lebanon Valley’s Renee Fritz and Kiely Chaklos teamed up to close the score gap with Fritz hitting two shots in the paint just a minute apart. Ferrucci hit a layup and Courtney Colella sank both free throws to ignite the scoring for the Pride in the second half. With seven minutes remaining in regulation, Widener held a 17-point lead.
Egee sank a layup with 26 seconds remaining on the clock, which was followed by a Lebanon Valley (15-3, 9-2 CC) layup by Tierny Hiltz and a timeout with 14 seconds left. Trying to close the score margin, Chaklos made one of two free throws, and Hiltz missed a 3-pointer to finalize the score at 69-59.
Dellinger led the team with 13 points and rebounds, along with three steals. Colella and Ferrucci had 10 points apiece, with Ferrucci adding two steals and assists. Lil Carney served up five assists and had four of the team’s 11 steals. As a team, Widener shot 43.9 percent from the field and 46.2 percent from the line.