GETTYSBURG — Dickinson ran up against a good team that had a hot-shooting night.
The Red Devils fell into a hole because of it and were never able to climb out in an 85-52 loss to Gettysburg College in Centennial Conference women's basketball action Wednesday night at Bream Gym in Gettysburg.
Gettysburg (6-1, 4-0) shot 65 percent from the field, including making 8-of-12 from 3-point territory.
"They executed well in their offense and did what they do well," Dickinson head coach Emily Hays said. "We had a slow start, fell behind early and couldn't really get into the game."
Dickinson (2-5, 2-2) fell behind 8-1 just over two minutes of action before closing the gap to 15-11 on Mackenzie Skerritt's trifecta with 3:48 to go in the opening stanza.
However, Gettysburg ran off eight of the last 10 in the first quarter to push the lead to 23-13.
A back-and-forth second quarter saw the Devils behind 32-21 when Kassidy Lesher completed an old-fashioned three-point play, but then the roof fell in.
The Bullets tallied the next 12 points and ended the first half with a 17-4 spurt to hold a 49-25 halftime lead.
Gettysburg was coming off its only loss of the season, a 77-54 defeat on the road Monday at Elizabethtown.
"We didn't know what to expect after Monday," Gettysburg head coach Nate Davis said. "Credit to Elizabethtown, they beat us pretty good, but we did a nice job of bouncing back tonight."
Skerritt began the third quarter with a triple just 10 seconds into the second half, but Gettysburg once again responded with an extended run.
That run put the hosts in front 63-33, and the closest the Devils managed to get the rest of the way was when Lesher scored with 34 seconds left in the third quarter to make it 65-42.
"I'm happy with the way that we executed in the second half," Hays said. "We got the shots that we wanted and we were able to hit them. But you can't trade baskets when you're that far behind."
Lesher paced the Devils with 17 points and six boards, both team highs, while Skerritt checked in with 10 points.
"Lesher is a great player and they have some good pieces," Davis said. "They came in with two conference wins and we knew that they were capable. Fortunately for us, we knocked down shots and were able to put them in a hole early."
Dickinson returns to action when it hosts Johns Hopkins on Saturday at 2 p.m. Then comes a 20-day break before two games in three days against Wisconsin-River Falls and Emmanuel just before New Year's Day.
"We need to learn from this and use it to drive us going forward starting Saturday," Hays said. "Tonight was very similar to our game with Muhlenberg when we fell way behind early and played them pretty even the rest of the way. We've got to improve in how we start games."