Women's Basketball Falls in Final Seconds
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. - Julie Bown scored a team-high 20 points behind four triples, including the game-winning three pointer with nine seconds remaining to lead Ursinus over Franklin & Marshall 57-54 in Centennial Conference (CC) wonen's basketball action on Tuesday.
It was three pointers that helped the Bears (5-16, 4-11 CC) stop any potential run by the Diplomats (12-10, 9-6 CC) to pull ahead to snap a seven-game losing streak and complete the season sweep of F&M.
Sarah Meisenberg recorded a game-high 22 points, going 8-for-10 from the charity stripe. She also tied a team-high with eight rebounds, while adding four assists.
After the Diplomats took a two-point lead on two Meisenberg's free throws with 6:15 left to play, but Bown hit her third three pointer to give Ursinus the lead back at 45-44. The Bears answered with two points to every F&M layup over a two-minute span.
The Diplomats did what they had to claw back with Meisenberg and Cara Landolfi each converting a three-point play to knot the game at 54-all.
The Bears called two timeouts with 32 seconds left and Bown subbed in for the last play, knocking down the game winner from where she was comfortable all night for a three-point victory.
Meisenberg could not get her desperation three pointer to fall with time expiring.
F&M took a 7-6 lead in the first five minutes of the game and for the next three minutes defense was the name of the game. Neither team would score a point until Alison Menna hit a free throw at the 11:59 mark.
Megan Pauley, who finished with 11 points and seven rebounds, drained a layup for a 12-11 visitor lead but Jaclyn Hilf stopped the chance of a run with a three-pointer to make it 14-12.
The Diplomats tied the game on three occasions down the stretch and Meisenberg made a pair from the charity stripe for a quick one-point lead before Bown put up another three-pointer for a 25-23 at the half.
To start the game, Meisenberg and Pauley combined for 21 of the first 28 points for F&M.
The Diplomats take on Bryn Mawr on Saturday in its final home game of the regular season. Game time is set for 2 p.m.