CARLISLE, Pa. - Brooke Muller and Alesha Sisco combined for 27 of Dickinson's 38 second-half points to lead the Red Devils to a 73-67 win in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Saturday.
Muller finished with a game-high 23 points and Sisco recorded 18 in the end with an 8-for-9 performance from the field to give Dickinson the win they needed to clinch a spot in the CC playoffs. The Diplomats (14-11, 11-7 CC) take the No. 2 seed in the conference tournament and will face the No. 3 seed Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Times will be determined on Monday.
Amanda Miceli scored a season and team-high 19 points for F&M. Megan Pauley added 15 points and a team-best eight rebounds. Cara Landolfi was also in double figures with 13 points.
In just the first and only meeting in the regular season, the Red Devils were able to collect the conference victory to even their record with F&M in the Centennial standings and will travel to McDaniel for the play-in game on Wednesday.
Dickinson took a four-point lead into the second half and went a perfect 15-for-15 from the charity stripe to edge the Diplomats. F&M made a good run to start the final stanza with an 8-2 spread on four points by Pauley and Sarah Meisenberg to take a one-point lead, 41-40.
The Red Devils responded with the same run and regained the lead, 50-43. With 9:10 left to play, the Diplomats kept hope alive with points from the line, going 10-for-10 in a four-minute span to get within two, 60-58. It was Muller's five straight points that got Dickinson a 65-60 lead with 3:10 left to play.
Miceli's three-point play combined with Landolfi's jumper gave F&M hope at 69-67, but Muller and Carole Dempsey each hit two from the line in the final 42 seconds secured the win.
With the score tied at 26-all, Taylor Miller knocked in two shots from the charity stripe and then returned with a jumper to make it 30-26. Miceli got in two free throws and hit a triple to pull within one at 32-31 in the final minute. Laura Lyons was able to cancel the triple out with one of her own for a 35-31 halftime lead.