Second Half Surge Lifts Diplomats

SWARTHMORE, Pa – Franklin & Marshall went on a 14-0 run in the first five minutes of the second half to lead the Diplomats to an 85-70 road win over Swarthmore (4-7, 2-5) Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action. F&M improved to 9-3 (6-1 CC) while the Garnet fell to 4-7 (2-5 CC).

After trailing for a good portion of the first half, the Diplomats chipped away at the seven-point Garnet lead. F&M pulled within one point with 41 seconds left in the period off of an Emma Lisle layup, before Eliza Polli made it a three-point lead for the Garnet with a pair of made free throws. Allison Bauer hit one of two from the line to pull the Diplomats within two points, 32-34, to close out the first half.

Kristina McCarthy started the Diplomats' 14-0 run netting seven points to give F&M a 39-34 lead just two minutes into the second half. Swarthmore did not score until the 14:53 mark when Genny Pezzola hit a three-pointer to bring the Garnet within nine. That was the closest Swarthmore would come as F&M pulled away and led by as many as 22 points and never trailed through the remainder of the half.

McCarthy tallied a team-high 18 points while five other Diplomats reached double figures. Bauer registered 16 points with two three-pointers. Lisle had 11 points while Elizabeth Snyder, Megan Pauley and Alexa Barbush all added 10 a piece.

Swarthmore's Katie Lytle scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Pezzola also added 12 for the Garnet.

The Diplomats return to the court on Tuesday when F&M travels to Ursinus for a 7 p.m. tip off.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 85, SWARTHMORE 70

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (9-3, 6-1)
Kristina McCarthy 5-11 8-9 18; Allison Bauer 6-16 2-4 16; Emma Lisle 5-6 1-2 11; Alexa Barbush 5-9 0-0 10; Elizabeth Snyder 4-10 1-2 10; Megan Pauley 5-9 0-0 10; Sam Plunkett 1-3 1-2 3; Colleen Bott 1-1 0-0 2; Emily Johnson 1-3 0-0 2; Tracy Hahn 1-2 0-0 2; Kara Bacile 0-0 1-2 1; Shea Costantino 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 34-71 14-21 85.

SWARTHMORE (4-7, 2-5)
Katie Lytle 5-11 9-12 19; Elle Larsen 3-7 8-10 14; Genny Pezzola 3-11 3-4 12; Eliza Polli 2-7 2-2 8; Stephanie Lechich 2-2 0-3 6; Kayla Moritzky 1-7 3-4 5; Brittany Schmelz 1-2 2-2 4; Madeline Ross 1-3 0-0 2; Elizabeth Casey 0-0 0-0 0; Christina Duron 0-0 0-0 0; Nicole Rizzo 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-52 27-37 70.

Franklin & Marshall...........   32   53  -   85
Swarthmore....................   34   36  -   70

3-point goals--Franklin & Marshall 3-9 (Allison Bauer 2-5; Elizabeth Snyder 1-2; Sam Plunkett 0-2), Swarthmore 7-18 (Genny Pezzola 3-6; Stephanie Lechich 2-2; Eliza Polli 2-6; Madeline Ross 0-1; Nicole Rizzo 0-2; Kayla Moritzky 0-1).

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

Rebounds--Franklin & Marshall 42 (Kristina McCarthy 8), Swarthmore 39 (Katie Lytle 10).

Assists--Franklin & Marshall 15 (Megan Pauley 4), Swarthmore 6 (Eliza Polli 2; Kayla Moritzky 2).

Total fouls--Franklin & Marshall 28, Swarthmore 18.

Technical fouls--Franklin & Marshall-None, Swarthmore-None.

A-169