January 24, 2009

Hot Shooting Leads F&M Over Lebanon Valley

Box Score

ANNVILLE, Pa. - Beth Holt matched a career high with 20 points and Cara Landolfi notched her third double-double of the season with 10 points and 12 boards to lead Franklin & Marshall over Lebanon Valley 70-49 in non-conference women's basketball action on Saturday.

Holt, who scored 20 points in Wednesday night's game against Gettysburg, had a repeat performance to help the Diplomats (8-8) win their second straight contest. Sarah Meisenberg went 11-for-14 from the charity stripe to finish with 17 points and six rebounds.

Andrea Hoover was the lone player in double figures for the Flying Dutchmen (11-5) with 16 points.

F&M shot a season-best 61.1 percent from the floor and held Lebanon Valley to just 28.1 percent from the field to even its record.

After a close first half, the Diplomats dominated the final 20 minutes to post a 21-point win. F&M gradually built its lead throughout the second half, starting with two Pauley layups and a Holt fast-break layup for its first double-digit advantage at 38-27.

The Diplomats kept a steady 8-10 point lead over the next five minutes, until Sara Wolman's three-pointer sparked a 17-7 run to give F&M a commanding 65-45 lead.

In the final 4:33 of the game, the Diplomats went 11-for-12 from the free-throw line to secure the win.

Lebanon Valley hung in the first half, tying the game on five occasions and causing a lead change four times before F&M pulled out ahead in the final 2:12. Lori Lidlow drained a three-pointer at the 6:05 mark to give the Flying Dutchmen their last lead of the game at 19-16.

From there, Holt collected back-to-back triples and Allison Bauer hit a free throw at 23-19. Meisenberg drove in for the layup and Lidlow added another two points for a 25-21 Diplomat lead at halftime.

Landolfi's 12 rebounds ties a career high and her three blocks marks a new career best. Pauley tied a season best with 10 points, while adding five rebounds.

F&M returns to action on Wednesday at Bryn Mawr. Game time is 7 p.m.