Third Quarter Surge Guides Women's Basketball Over Dickinson, 65-48

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HAVERFORD, Pa. - The Haverford College women's basketball team (15-3, 12-1 CC) opened the final month of the regular season with a wire-to-wire 65-48 victory over Dickinson (9-10, 7-7 CC) Saturday afternoon at Gooding '84 Arena.

Anna-Sophia Capizzi continued her impressive campaign with 28 points on 12-for-15 shooting. The 12 made field goals were the most of her career. Nyla Robinson reached a career high with eight points, adding three assists and two steals to a well rounded performance. Megan Furch had a game-best nine rebounds as the Haverford defense held Dickinson to just 3-22 from beyond the arc. 

Kate Deutsch led the Red Devils with 12 points, the only Dickinson player to reach double figures on the afternoon. 

The contest started slowly for both offenses, but it was Haverford who got out to a 7-2 lead as Capizzi drilled a three-pointer and Nyla Robinson found the bucket with under five to go in the quarter. Dickinson got back within a pair, but Julianna Clark came off the bench to nail a corner three, putting Haverford up 11-6 and prompting a Red Devils timeout with 1:50 showing on the first quarter clock. Hannah Zoll later connected on a layup in the final minute, putting Haverford up seven, but Dickinson clawed back to cut to within four at the end of the first quarter. 

An 8-2 stretch put Haverford up 21-11 as Robinson finished a layup with 6:45 to go in the half. Dickinson's quick 4-0 spurt was halted as Capizzi put Haverford up 10 with a scoop and score, stealing the ball in the front-court and gliding to the bucket with just over five minutes remaining. A three-pointer from Claudia Maira cut the Haverford lead to just seven at 30-23, but Cortlyn Morris connected just before halftime to put Haverford up nine at the break. 

Out of the halftime gates, the Fords looked strong as the hosts quickly built their lead to 40-27 as Capizzi connected on a jumper with 7:41 to go. Capizzi later drilled a three, putting Haverford up 16 at 46-29. The lead reached 20 as Maddie Gallic connected from beyond the arc, pouring in her first points of the season. Julianna Clark later made the advantage 23 with under two minutes left in the third, knocking down a trey. 

Capizzi added her third triple of the day with 8:27 to go in the final quarter, a strike that put Haverford up by 25. The senior sharpshooter added another from distance less than two minutes later, helping to ice the contest away. Haverford's reserves were able to see some meaningful playing time in the fourth, as first year Kayla Robinson connected on a layup while classmate Eleanor Alix tallied four rebounds in the waning minutes. 

The Fords took advantage of Dickinson miscues, with 25 points off turnovers. Haverford's ball movement was also a critical part of the victory, as the Fords tallied 15 assists to just four for the visitors. Haverford has now won eight consecutive contests against the Red Devils, with the last loss in the series occurring in 2016. 

Haverford will next be in action as they make the quick trip across Lancaster Avenue to wrap up a home-and-home series with Bryn Mawr on Tuesday, February 4. The Fords and Owls will do battle at 7 p.m.