Diplomats Use Second-Half Surge to Sweep Bullets
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Franklin & Marshall women's basketball team had a 21-point turnaround in the second half, shooting 77.3 percent from the floor and erasing a 14-point deficit to post a 67-60 crucial Centennial Conference (CC) victory on Wednesday night.
Sarah Meisenberg scored 13 of her team-high 16 points in the second half to help the Diplomats (14-10, 11-6 CC) move into a three-way tie for second place in the conference. The win also marks the first time F&M has swept the Bullets (13-11, 10-7 CC) since the 2002 campaign.
Meisenberg also added a game-high seven assists, while Cara Landolfi (North Arlington, NJ/Montclair) tallied her fifth double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 boards.
Caitlin Moser was the second player on the day to record a double-double, leading Gettysburg with game highs of 22 points and 11 caroms. Julie McGrory came off the bench to score 15 on 6-for-11 shooting.
The Diplomats went 17-for-22 from the field in the second half and the defense held the Bullets to just 20.6 percent, allowing Gettysburg to go 7-for-34 to post a 41-20 advantage in points for the arch-rival victory.
F&M started the second half with a 14-point handicap, but used a 26-6 run in the first 11:38 to take a six-point lead that would stand for the remaining 8:12 of the game. The Diplomats scored the first eight points thanks to four-points apiece from Megan Pauley and Landolfi to make it 40-34.
Moser got the Bullets back to a double-digit lead with a good jumper at 46-36 with 14:42 left. Meisenberg drove in the lane, getting the basket and drawing the technical foul to complete a four-point play to put F&M within two points and 46-44. Allison Bauer tied the game with a layup and Pauley's two points gave the Diplomats the lead for the first time since the 12:33 mark of the first half.
The F&M defense did not back down and held Gettysburg scoreless for over seven minutes until Moser stopped the bleeding with a layup at the 7:33 mark. The Bullets cut the lead to four, but Meisenberg scored the final six out of seven points to help the Diplomats hold onto the lead to end the game.
With an 18-17 edge in the first half, Gettysburg used a 22-9 run to pull away with a double-digit lead at intermission. Moser and Nicole Dobranski combined for 12 points to extend the lead to 30-21 with 5:36 on the clock. McGrory pushed the lead to 14 points on back-to-back triples and the Bullets took a 40-26 advantage into the locker room.
F&M will travel to Dickinson for its last regular-season contest on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m.