January 15, 2009

Diplomats Complete Sweep of Haverford

Box Score

HAVERFORD, Pa. - Beth Holt and Amanda Miceli both registered double figures for the second straight game, combining for 25 points to lead Franklin & Marshall past Haverford 54-46 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Thursday night.

Holt registered a season-high 14 points, while Miceli recorded 11 points to help the Diplomats (6-7, 4-3 CC) outscore the Fords (2-8, 1-5 CC) 36-23 in the second half for their fourth conference victory to complete the season sweep of Haverford.

Brittany Lattisaw tallied a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Fords. Kathleen Abels was also in double digits with 12 points.

F&M erased a seven-point deficit at the beginning of the second half with a 15-3 run to take a 33-28 edge and the lead for good.

With a 23-18 lead at halftime, the Fords opened the second stanza with a layup by Lattisaw for the Fords biggest advantage. Miceli drained a three-pointer and Megan Pauley followed with a layup, before Sarah Meisenberg knotted the game at 25-all with a bucket at the 17:41 mark.

Danielle Harrison put Haverford on top one last time with a triple, but Alison Menna added two points and Pauley hit a pair of free throws for a one-point lead that would not relinquish.

The Diplomats used an 8-0 spurt behind three points by Cara Landolfi and five points from Holt for 41-31 lead. F&M went 8-for-8 from the charity stripe in the final 1:48 to hold off the Fords.

Haverford took control of the first half, keeping the lead until the 5:41 mark when Allison Bauer gave the Diplomats a 14-12 edge. The Fords scored the next nine out of 13 points to finish the half ahead by five.

Pauley led F&M on the boards, pulling down a season-high 11 rebounds. Meisenberg and Pauley each added eight points in the win.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday at Muhlenberg. Game time is 4 p.m.

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