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Swarthmore Women’s Basketball Game 4 of 25
Swarthmore Garnet (2-1) vs. Dickinson Red Devils (0-4) (Tuesday, November 22 6 p.m.)
Game Preview: Swarthmore opens Centennial Conference play by hosting the Dickinson Red Devils on Tuesday. Swarthmore swept two meetings between the teams last season. Swarthmore fell in the final of the 11th annual Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday as Stevens Tech rallied for a 55-54 OT victory. The Garnet earned a trip to the Championship game with a 64-50 win over Middlebury on Saturday. Swarthmore started the season 2-0 for the first time since 2003. Sophomore Katie Lytle, who has three double-doubles for the Garnet to start the season, and freshman Elle Larsen, who led the team with 16 points in Sunday’ s final, were each named to the All-Tournament team. Dickinson dropped a pair of games over the weekend in the 2011 Days Inn Tip-Off Tournament to RIT and Rowan. Junior Bridget Borgese, a Swarthmore native, was named to the All-Tournament team and is tied for the team lead with 9.5 points per game coming off of the bench. Dickinson leads the overall series between these two teams 17-9 and is 9-4 in games played at Swarthmore.
Swarthmore’s Last Time Out: Larsen scored a career-high 16 points and added seven rebounds while Katie Lytle recorded her third consecutive double-double to start the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds, but Stevens Tech shot 52 percent from the floor in the second half to erase a nine point halftime deficit and defeat the Garnet 55-54 in overtime to capture the 2011 Swarthmore Tip-Off Tournament Title. Stevens had an opportunity to win with three seconds remaining in regulation but with Stevens trailing 48-47, Jillian Barrett could only one of her two free-throws to level the match at 48. In the overtime with Swarthmore tailing by one and under 10 seconds to play, Lytle and Kayla Moritzky, who finished with 13 points, saw contested shots fail to drop as Swarthmore fell to 2-1.
Dickinson’s Last Time Out: In the consolation match of the 2011 Days Inn Tip-Off Tournament, Rowan came away with a 59-52 victory over the Red Devils in an close contest that never saw Dickinson trail by more than nine for the entire game. Dickinson’s Taylor Miller hit a pair of free throws at the end of the first half to cut the Rowan lead to 27-24, and Dickinson was able to inch in front 38-37 with 13:30 remaining, but Rowan responded with a 12-2 run to take control of the contest with just over eight minutes to play. Miller and Gillian Ferko each scored 10 points for the Red Devils.
Last match vs. Dickinson: On January 15, 2011, Swarthmore used stifling defense to hold the Red Devils to 25 percent shooting from the floor to sweep the season series from Dickinson with a 62-46 victory from Tarble Pavilion. Kathryn Stockbower ’11 led the team with 13 points and 14 rebounds while Genny Pezzola ’12 scored nine points. Madge Ross ’13, Lytle and Moritzky each scored seven.
Swarthmore vs. Dickinson: Thanks to a 21 points performance at Dickinson last season, including a coast-to-coast and-one layup in the final seconds of the first half, Moritzky averages 14 points per game against the Red Devils while shooting 50 percent from the floor. Swarthmore’s current players have shot 39 percent as a team against Dickinson. Last season, Lytle averaged 6.5 points and 6 rebounds per game against the Red Devils. Lytle also averages 1 block and 1.5 steals per game against Dickinson.
Discovering Dickinson: Dickinson, with an enrollment of 2,340 in Carlisle, PA, was charted in 1783 and named in honor of John Dickinson, a signer of the United States Constitution. It was the first college chartered in the newly recognized United States.
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