Meisenberg Sinks Game-Winning Free Throws
BALTIMORE, Md. - Sarah Meisenberg drained two free throws with four seconds left to break a 52-all tie and lift Franklin & Marshall to a 54-52 victory over Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Tuesday night.
Meisenberg scored 19 of her season and game-high 24 points in the second half, and Cara Landolfi tallied her second straight double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds to help the Diplomats (3-1, 2-0 CC) post their second consecutive win over the Blue Jays (1-5, 0-1 CC) in Baltimore.
Three players reached double digits for Johns Hopkins, including 15 points from Lyndsay Burton. Kristin Phillips led the Blue Jays on the boards with 12 while adding 11 points and Anastasia Wynn contributed 11.
The second half proved to be a sea-saw battle between the two teams with 17 lead changes and six times to take this game to the wire with F&M coming out on top for its second conference victory.
Meisenberg scored six of the Diplomats' seven points over the final 4:04 of the contest, driving in for two consecutive layups to get within one point at 52-51. Johns Hopkins suffered two turnovers and sent Miriam Marcis to the line with 50 seconds left.
Marcis went 1-for-2 to knot the game at 52-all and the Blue Jays lost possession for a third time in just two minutes to force the foul, sending Meisenberg to the line for two shots. Meisenberg connected on both with time expiring to complete the night with 7-for-10 shooting from the charity stripe.
After F&M took a small 5-3 lead at the beginning of the first half, but a three-pointer by Phillips sparked a 9-0 run to take a seven-point lead with 10:44 left to play in the half. Amy Chabitnoy scored the next four points to make it 12-9 and Johns Hopkins responded with five straight points for a 17-9 lead.
It was Landolfi's turn to help the Diplomats close the gap, completing a three-point play and driving in for a layup before Chabitnoy got another layup at 19-16. The Blue Jays held onto the lead to finish the half a head 25-20, despite two free throws from Meisenberg and Sara Wolman.
The biggest lead by one team in the second half was three points, with Johns Hopkins holding it only three times and not for long.
F&M will face Muhlenberg on Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m.