February 3, 2009

Diplomats Win Fifth Straight; Defeat McDaniel

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. - Amanda Miceli led four players in double figures with a season-high 17 points and Sarah Meisenberg dished out a career-high 10 assists to lead Franklin & Marshall over McDaniel 67-61 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Tuesday.

The Diplomats (11-8, 8-4 CC) shot 53.3 percent from the floor, going 13-for-23 in the second half to snap a 10-game losing streak to the Green Terror (10-9, 8-6 CC) and move into a tie for second place in the conference with their fifth straight win.

Megan Pauley helped lead the charge with 14 points and six rebounds, while Cara Landolfi and Meisenberg tallied 12 and 11 points, respectively.

McDaniel's Ashley Lyles scored a game-high 19 points and Catherine Mills chipped in 16 points and a game-best eight boards.

F&M never trailed in the second half and only gave up control in the first minute, 17 seconds of the game to post its first win over the Green Terror since a 77-70 victory on Dec. 15, 2002.

Casey Downie and Landolfi knocked down back-to-back layups and Pauley recorded four points to help the Diplomats take a 48-41 lead. McDaniel cut the lead to two on Lyles' jumper.

At 53-48, F&M went on an 8-2 spurt to take its first and only double-digit lead. Meisenberg made two from the line and Beth Holt completed the three-point play to make it 57-50. Landolfi added a layup, before Miceli went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe for an 11-point advantage. 

McDaniel made it interesting down the stretch, getting three points from Mills with 18 seconds left to get within 65-61, but Meisenberg beat the press on the inbounds pass and got the fast-break layup for the final points.

The visitors started the scoring in the first half with a free throw by Mills and Miceli put the Diplomats on the board with a triple to take the lead that would not relinquish.

F&M grabbed a seven-point lead, the largest of the opening stanza on an Allison Bauer jumper followed by a Landolfi layup to get it to 18-11.

In the remaining 11:23 to play, the Green Terror managed to put themselves within two points on four occasions with the final coming at the 4:17 mark. Landolfi got the Diplomats ahead by four points with 4:03 and that was the last action seen in the first half for a 28-24 score.

F&M returns to action on Thursday against Johns Hopkins. Game time is 7 p.m.

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