Wednesday women: Pulled back to the pack

Taylor Kreider scored 23 points and the Blue Jays snapped a decade-long drought.
Elizabethtown photo by Thom Swaff

Elizabethtown upset No. 10 Messiah to prevent the Falcons from pulling away from the rest of the MAC Commonwealth. Plus the preseason favorites in the MIAC and WIAC are in a dogfight for first place.

Elizabethtown rallied to victory at Messiah 62-57 for the Blue Jays' first win over the Falcons since the 2002 MAC Commonwealth playoffs. Elizabethown seized the lead with a 15-2 run midway through the second half. Taylor Kreider paced the Blue Jays with 23 points and eight rebounds in 30 minutes.

Messiah missed a chance to increase its conference lead to two games. No. 17 Lebanon Valley, which was alone in second place entering the night, lost at Widener 69-59. Kate Dellinger had 13 points and 13 rebounds for the Pride who are now also one game behind Messiah.

UW-Whitewater fell out of the Top 25, but the Warhawks are very much in the WIAC race. They beat No. 15 UW-Stevens Point 65-59 to complete the regular season sweep of the Pointers. The Warhawks are tied for first place with UW-Superior, which won at UW-Eau Claire 56-53. The Pointers, who were picked first in the preseason WIAC poll, are one game back.

No. 12 St. Thomas continued its fall through the MIAC standings. The Tommies lost to St. Mary's (Minn.) 66-62 for their third loss in five games. The Cardinals pulled themselves into a four-way tie for second place. Concordia-Moorhead is alone in first after its 60-51 victory over Carleton.

Alex Gasaway scored 27 points, only 10 fewer than the entire Wittenberg team.
Photo by Eric Kelley, d3photography.com

Top-ranked DePauw had no problems with Wittenberg as one set of Tigers doubled up the other, 74-37. No. 6 Tufts stayed undefeated with another stellar defensive performance. The Jumbos held Emmanuel to 34 percent shooting and beat the Saints 61-48. No. 11 Montclair State kept rolling with a 75-62 win over William Paterson. The Red Hawks are 19-0, 11-0 in the NJAC.

No. 4 Amherst defeated No. 22 Williams 54-48 in the annual non-conference meeting between the archrivals. Marcia Voigt posted 16 points and seven rebounds in 40 minutes while Megan Robertson added 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Ephs host the Jeffs on Feb. 8 in a game that counts in the NESCAC standings.

In another meeting of archrivals Swarthmore dominated Haverford 65-44 to improve to 11-1 in the Centennial Conference. Mary Washington knocked off No. 20 Ferrum 64-48 as the Eagles shot 48 percent from the field.

Moravian held off visiting Scranton 70-62 to stay atop the Landmark Conference. Alexis Wright led the Greyhounds in points (16), rebounds (10) and assists (four). Transylvania held off Franklin 59-53 to expand its lead in the HCAC. Kayla Welty beat the buzzer to lift Thiel past Westminster (Pa.) 65-63. Watch the game winning shot here.