November 22, 2008

Shenandoah Stops Diplomats in Season Opener

Box Score

LANCASTER, Pa. - The Shenandoah women's basketball team had five players in double figures with Alexis Harbgol and Katherine Flint recording double-doubles to defeat Franklin & Marshall 74-61 in the semifinals of the 2008 Terry Greene Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday.

Flint produced 15 points and 11 rebounds to go along with six assists and four steals, while Harbgol added 14 points and 12 boards to lift the Hornets (1-0) in the championship game tomorrow at 3 p.m. Shenandoah will face Elizabethtown for the title, a 69-67 winner over Manhattanville.

Stephanie Harrold and Sierra Edwards chipped in with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

For the Diplomats (0-1), Miriam Marcis and Allison Bauer posted 13 points apiece and Megan Pauley helped with 10 points in her first collegiate start.

The Hornets shot 46 percent from the floor and held a 27-13 advantage in rebounds to make the difference in the first half to jump out to a 37-20 led at intermission. Harrold started a 13-2 run in the first half with a free throw and added two more jumpers combined with a three-pointer by Flint to take a 22-9 lead.

Sara Wolman stopped the four-minute scoring draught with a good trey, but the Hornets kept their double-digit lead and posted their largest margin at the 2:09 mark off a three-pointer from Abby Gallagher.

Franklin & Marshall used a 21-9 run to start the second half, thanks to Marcis who scored nine straight points before Bauer drained a three-pointer to get the Diplomats within seven at 48-41 with 13:56 left to play. Megan Pauley made it a five-point game, however that is the closest F&M would get to Shenandoah.

The Hornets regained the lead they once had in the first half to hold on for the season-opening victory.

Sarah Meisenberg finished the day with eight points, a game-high eight steals and six assists.

The Diplomats battle Manhattanville in the consolation game on Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.