RADNOR, Pa. - Brittany McLeod led three players in double figures with 16 point and 16 rebounds, while adding six blocks to lead Cabrini to its fifth straight win with a 70-61 victory over Franklin & Marshall in women's basketball action on Friday night.
Deana DiAmico scored a game-high 17 points, going 10-for-11 from the free-throw line and dishing out five assists for the Cavaliers (5-1). Alyssa Brady was the third player registering double digits with 13 points.
Sarah Meisenberg led the Diplomats (3-4) in scoring for the sixth straight game with 16 points. Amanda Miceli registered a season-high 13 points with a perfect showing from the charity strip (6-for-6). Alison Menna grabbed a team-best 10 boards.
Cabrini never trailed in the contest, pulling away early and taking as much as 19-point late in the second half for the win.
The game started with a McLeod layup, followed by a Kayleen Smith bucket before DiAmico converted a three-point play to end with another McLeod layup for a 9-2 lead at 17:23. Meisenberg sandwiched a jumper between two baskets by Casie Downie to make it 11-8.
DiAmico's fast-break layup stopped F&M's chance of taking its first lead and she also drained a free-throw at 7:21 to push the score to double digits, 24-14. The Diplomats made their way back with an 8-0 run on points layups from four different players to make it 26-22. Menna made it a three-point game with a layup, but Cabrini managed to score two baskets in the final 27 seconds for a 34-27 halftime lead.
The Cavaliers used a 9-1 spurt to open the second-half scoring to extend the lead to 43-28 just 2:36 off the clock. A layup by Miceli cut the lead to eight with 12:31 left to play and Cabrini responded the way it opened the game (9-2 run) to maintain the steady lead.
F&M will take three weeks off and return to action on Jan. 3 against North Park at the York Tournament. Game time is 2 p.m.