Wiley's Block Party Not Enough in Loss to Lebanon Valley

Danni Medovich

FREDERICK, Md. - The Hood College women's basketball team allowed the second fewest points it has all season behind five blocks from Rachel Wiley (Frederick, Md. / Tuscarora), but the Blazers could not overcome a cold shooting night in a 55-38 loss to Lebanon Valley.

It was the junior's third game with at least five blocks this season as she moved into fourth place in the school record book for her career. Wiley added seven rebounds, two assists and two steals to her evening.

Hood's offense, however, could not get going and hit just 25 percent from the floor. 

Danni Medovich (Woodsboro, Md. / Walkersville) led the Blazers with nine points on a 3-of-6 performance from 3-point range. 

The freshman's first triple of the game pulled Hood (5-16, 2-12) within four, 13-9, with 8:36 left in the half. The Dutchmen's Bridget Rothert answered with a three of her own to start an 13-3 run resulting in a 26-12 LVC lead with 1:02 to go in the half. Just before the intermission, Rachel Kessler (Middletown, Md. / Middletown) was fouled and hit both free throws to cut the deficit to 26-16 at the half.

Hood pulled within 10 on two occasions early in the second half on jumpers by Brittney George (Middletown, Md. / Middletown), but Lebanon Valley (17-4, 10-3) answered on both occasions and stretched the lead to as many as 19.

Peyton Carper and Lexie Lantz scored 10 points apiece to lead the Dutchmen. Caitlin Bach grabbed nine rebounds and had four assists.

The 55 points were the third fewest that Lebanon Valley has scored this season.

Hood will look to get back in the win column on February 12 at Albright. The Commonwealth Conference contest is set for a 6 p.m. tip off. 

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