CARLISLE, Pa. — Washington is continuing to prove the prognosticators wrong, defeating Ursinus and Dickinson in women’s basketball during the week to ascend to fourth in the 11-school Centennial Conference.
In a preseason poll of the conference’s head coaches and sports information directors, Washington was picked to finish ninth — trailing everyone but McDaniel and Bryn Mawr.
The Shore ladies upset their hosts from Dickinson on Saturday, 48-42, closing the game on a 19-10 run after trailing by three points at the end of the third quarter.
In the preseason poll, Dickinson was picked to finish fourth in the conference.
Washington junior guard Andrea Prestianne scored eight of her game-high 18 points in the fourth quarter when she was a perfect 6-of-6 from the free-throw line.
Joy Sanders’ jump shot with 1 minute, 1 second remaining gave Washington the lead for good, 43-42.
Dickinson was kept off the scoreboard over the final 1:09.
The Shore ladies won at Dickinson for the first time in six years.
Washington improved to 5-2 in the conference, tying front-runner Gettysburg, Johns Hopkins and Swarthmore in the win column, and 9-3 overall.
Dickinson slipped to 3-4 in the CC, 4-7 overall.
The Red Devils led 13-10, 23-16 and 32-29 at the quarter breaks.
Mia Kolb (nine points) opened the fourth quarter with a 3-pointer and then completed a fast-break layup after coming up with a steal to extend the home team’s lead to 37-29 with 6:40 remaining.
Washington scored 10 of the next 12 points to deadlock at 39 on a pair of Prestianne free throws with 2:20 to go. The locals were 6-of-6 from the stripe and Serena Pluta contributed a pair of field goals. Pluta started the run with a layup at 6:16.
It was back and forth after that, until Washington took the lead for good on Sanders’ jumper with about a minute to go.
The hosts misfired on a jumper on their next possession and then, in an attempt to get the ball back, fouled Prestianne with 18 seconds remaining. That was a mistake. Prestianne made both free throws.
The sequence repeated itself as Dickinson missed a layup on its next trip down the court. After Pluta came up with a steal, Dickinson fouled Prestianne, who calmly made both free throws to increase the lead to 47-42.
A Crystal Jones free throw with 5 seconds to go finished out the scoring.
Three-point attempts from Dickinson’s Clair Marion (10 points, seven rebounds) and Caitlin Blackman in the final seconds did not fall.
Prestianne (five rebounds, five assists) was only 3-of-10 from the floor but a perfect 12-of-12 from the line. She was the only Washington player to score in double figures.
Sanders (six rebounds), a junior guard who was making her first career start, and Pluta (game-high eight rebounds) contributed eight and six points, respectively.
Washington was 18-of-20 from the free-throw line; Dickinson was 1-of-2.
Washington opened the week at home with a 64-52 defeat of Ursinus on Jan. 5.
Junior forward Lizzie Hudock registered her first career double-double with personal bests of 15 points and 16 rebounds.
Prestianne, Pluta and Sanders also scored in double figures, contributing 16, 11 and 10 points, respectively.
In what had been a game of runs, Sanders’ jumper with just under three minutes to play in the third quarter restored Washington’s lead for good, 38-36.
The locals took the game in hand to open the fourth quarter, scoring the first six points as part of a larger 16-5 streak. The 56-41 advantage with 5:28 to play was the largest of the game.
WC led by at least 10 points the rest of the way.
Freshman forward Chinwe Irondi paced Ursinus (2-4 CC, 2-9) with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds.