LANCASTER, Pa. - Sarah Meisenberg shot 83 percent from the floor and 77 percent from the charity stripe on 10-for-13 shooting for a game-high 20 points to be named to the All-Tournament team and lead Franklin & Marshall past Manhattanville 74-58 in the consolation game of the 2008 Terry Greene Tip-Off Tournament on Sunday.
Meisenberg, one of four players in double figures, dished out seven assists and grabbed six rebounds for the Diplomats (1-1). Cara Landolfi shot 8-for-12 from the field for 19 points and seven boards, while Casey Downie and Sara Wolman each added 12 and 11 points, respectively.
Nina Johnson was the leading scorer for the Valiants (1-3), while Carey Hickey came off the bench to record 11 points and three assists in the losing effort.
F&M took a five-point edge into the second half and Manhattanville used a 10-3 run to take its first and only lead of the game. Johnson hit a free throw and Simona Gordon followed with a good layup. Johnson drained fast-break layups on back-to-back possessions for a 37-35 Valiant lead.
Meisenberg and Downie registered layup and Landolfi got two points in the paint to start a 12-4 run to give the Diplomats the lead for good. Wolman drained a triple, Meisenberg recorded the next five points before she got another good trey for a 53-45 lead.
Manhattanville got within seven after Olivia Nastasi got her three-pointer to drop, but F&M went on an 8-0 spurt to end the game for its biggest lead at 74-58.
The Diplomats never trailed in the first half, jumping out to a 14-2 lead. Landolfi scored the first eight points and Downie recorded the next four, while Amy Chabitnoy went 2-for-2 for the 12-point lead.
The Valiants made their way back with three triples in the final five minutes to get within 33-30 and Allison Bauer put F&M ahead 35-30 at the break.
The Diplomats return to action on Tuesday against Haverford in Centennial Conference (CC) action. Game time is 6 p.m.