Diplomats Win Season Opener

SELLINGSGROVE, Pa. -- Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball team started the Kirsten Richter era off in winning fashion, defeating Susquehanna 69-51 Tuesday evening in the season opener for both teams. Three players scored in double figures as the Diplomats defeated the Crusaders for the second-straight year.

The Diplomats opened the game on a 10-4 run and never trailed, building an early 22-11 lead. F&M finished the first half outscoring the Crusaders 17-7 to take a 39-18 lead into the break.

Megan Pauley scored ten of her 11 points in the opening stanza.  Pauley finished with a game-high 12 boards.

Alexa Barbush led the attack in the second half. Barbush dropped ten of her game-high 16 points in the second as the Diplomats continued to build to their lead.  F&M led by as many as 27 points, 58-31, with 8:36 left before settling on the 69-51 final.

Allison Bauer scored 14, going 4-for-6 from the line.  Amy Chabitnoy pulled down eight boards to go along with four points.

F&M returns home this weekend for the annual Rotary Extravaganza-Terry Greene Memorial Tournament. The Diplomats will host cross-county rival Elizabethtown at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Tournament information can be found by clicking here.



FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 69, SUSQUEHANNA 51

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (1-0)
Alexa Barbush 7-16 2-5 16; Allison Bauer 4-10 4-6 14; Megan Pauley 4-9 3-4 11; Elizabeth Snyder 2-7 5-8 9; Alison Menna 3-8 2-2 8; Emily Johnson 2-3 0-0 4; Amy Chabitnoy 2-7 0-0 4; Tracy Hahn 1-1 0-1 2; Colleen Bott 0-4 1-4 1; Emma Lisle 0-0 0-0 0; Kristina McCarthy 0-2 0-0 0; Shea Costantino 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-67 17-30 69.

SUSQUEHANNA (0-1)
Amarra Boone 2-5 6-6 10; Samantha Pelletier 3-4 4-4 10; Rachael Hughes 4-10 2-2 10; Erika Barron 2-8 0-1 6; Rachel Schaible 1-6 1-2 4; Candence Cannady 1-2 2-2 4; Gina Palazzi 1-3 2-5 4; Nikki Schneck 1-6 0-2 2; Korey McCaffrey 0-2 1-2 1; Mariah Monahan 0-1 0-0 0; Ainsley Rossitto 0-2 0-0 0; Shannon Grunwald 0-0 0-0 0; Jeannie Goodell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-49 18-26 51.

Franklin & Marshall...........   39   30  -   69
Susquehanna...................   18   33  -   51

3-point goals--Franklin & Marshall 2-6 (Allison Bauer 2-3; Megan Pauley 0-1; Elizabeth Snyder 0-1; Emily Johnson 0-1), Susquehanna 3-12 (Erika Barron 2-6; Rachel Schaible 1-2; Nikki Schneck 0-2; Korey McCaffrey 0-1; Ainsley Rossitto 0-1).

Fouled out--Franklin & Marshall-None, Susquehanna-None.

Rebounds--Franklin & Marshall 53 (Amy Chabitnoy 10), Susquehanna 33 (Rachel Schaible 6).

Assists--Franklin & Marshall 13 (Alexa Barbush 4), Susquehanna 10 (Rachael Hughes 5).

Total fouls--Franklin & Marshall 23, Susquehanna 21.

Technical fouls--Franklin & Marshall-None, Susquehanna-TEAM. A-336