SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Sarah Meisenberg recorded her first double-double of the season with a game-high 22 points and career-best 13 rebounds, while Cara Landolfi contributed 14 points to lead Franklin & Marshall past Swarthmore 61-55 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball on Saturday.
Meisenberg and Landolfi combined for 19 of the 29 second-half points to help the Diplomats (10-8, 7-4 CC) post their third straight sweep and seventh straight win over the Garnet (10-9, 7-5 CC).
Kathryn Stockbower led Swarthmore with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
F&M held the Garnet to 29.9 percent shooting and hit key shots in the final three minutes of the game for the fourth consecutive conference victory.
Swarthmore used a 15-4 run to start the second half, taking a nine-point lead at the 12:55 mark. Meisenberg scored six points and Landolfi added four, while Megan Pauley gave F&M its first lead with a layup to make it 52-51 with 4:12 to play.
Summer Miller-Walfish hit two shots from the line to give Swarthmore a one-point edge, but Meisenberg made a free throw and on the next two possessions connected on a layups to put the Diplomats on top for good.
Melissa Grigsby hit a jumper to get the Garnet within two at 57-55 with 1:20 showing on the clock. Meisenberg found Landolfi under the basket for two and Beth Holt sealed the win with two free throws with 25 seconds left. Swarthmore missed all three attempts from the field in the final minute of the game.
The Diplomats went on an 11-2 run in the final 2:10 of the first half, to erase a seven-point deficit to take a two-point lead at intermission. Allison Bauer began the spurt with a layup and Meisenberg scored the remaining nine straight points to give the visitors a small cushion heading into the second half.
The Garnet held a steady lead throughout the first half until the late run and Meisenberg's free throws that put F&M ahead for the first time since the opening minute of the game.
The Diplomats return to action on Tuesday against McDaniel. Game time is 7 p.m.