BY JEFF FALK
They say all good things must come to an end. And if it must come to an end, the NCAA Division Three national tournament isn’t a bad place for it to happen.
On Friday night at York College, another good Lebanon Valley College women’s basketball season season concluded in the first round of the NCAAs, with a 66-48 setback to Baldwin Wallace. Baldwin-Wallace raced out to a 32-19 halftime bulge and never looked back.
Despite falling to Messiah in the Commonwealth Conference championship game and missing out on the circuit’s automatic bid into the NCAA tournament, the Flying Dutchmen received an at-large bid into the prestigious event. It was LVC’s fifth consecutive appearance in the NCAA Division Three national tournament, and the fifth in the program’s history.
Lebanon Valley, which has appeared in seven straight Commonwealth Conference title tilts, ended its year at 21-7.
With the Flying Dutchmen trailing 15-13 in the middle of the first half, Baldwin Wallace ripped off nine unanswered points to open a double-digit advantage. Baldwin Wallace drained five of seven three-point field goal attempts in the second half to keep Lebanon Valley at bay.
Baldwin Wallace led 46-30 with 12:07 remaining.
The contest represented the final one in the careers of seniors Caitlin Bach and Lauren Ruhl. Bach posted 11 points and nine rebounds in the setback.
The Flying Dutchmen were led by junior Kiely Chaklos and sophomore Peyton Carper, who tallied 12 points apiece. Lebanon Valley made 33 percent of its field goal attempts and were out rebounded 39-30.