February 18, 2012

Playoff Bound

CARLISLE, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball team swept the series against Dickinson this season, and secured a first round Centennial Conference (CC) bye, with a 63-58 win Saturday afternoon.  The Diplomats (18-7, 15-5 CC) will play Muhlenberg Friday at Johns Hopkins, while the Red Devils (3-22, 3-17) season comes to an end.

Dickinson jumped out to an early 6-0 lead just 15:55 into the game. The Diplomats went on an 8-2 run through 13:27 to bring the score to eight. Alexa Barbush contributed six points in the run.

The Red Devils, however, hung around and went on a 7-3 run over the next two and half minutes to take a seven point lead, 18-11, with nine minutes left in the half.  F&M kept fighting and eventually tied the game at 24 with just over six minutes to play before halftime. Dickinson retook the lead on the next basket, 26-24, and the Diplomats tied the game for the third time at 26, before the Red Devils took a 32-28 advantage into the break.

The second half was much of the same with the two teams battling, and no one taking control of the game. There were four more ties before F&M took its first lead of the game, 48-46, as Elizabeth Snyder hit a pair of free-throws, with 8:31 left to play.

Over the next three minutes the two teams traded buckets, as there were four more lead changes and a tie in the contest. F&M took the lead for good at 5:06, 52-51, off of a Barbush layup. The Diplomats led by as many as five through the remainder of the half with their lead being brought to two, 58-56, with 15 seconds left to play. Colleen Bott went to the charity stripe with 14 seconds left to make it a two-possession game, 60-56.

Dickinson responded on its next trip down the court with a Bridget Borgese layup to bring the Red Devils within two with seven seconds left on the clock. Barbush went 3-for-4 from the free-throw line to make it a two-possession game, and secure the win for the Diplomats.

Barbush led F&M with a game-high 24 points, the junior also contributed seven rebounds and four assists. Barbush concludes the week with 996 career points, four shy of 1,000. She will try to be the 12th Diplomat to achieve this accomplishment in the history of the program against Muhlenberg, on Friday. Snyder and Megan Pauley each dropped 12 points, while Allison Bauer scored nine points and grabbed five boards.

Dickinson was paced by, Borgese with a team-high 17 points. Dana Walsh added a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while Belma Mekic tallied 10 points.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 63, DICKINSON COLLEGE 58

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (18-7, 15-5)
Alexa Barbush 10-24 4-6 24; Elizabeth Snyder 4-12 4-4 12; Megan Pauley 6-17 0-0 12; Allison Bauer 4-16 0-0 9; Colleen Bott 1-4 4-6 6; Sam Plunkett 0-1 0-0 0; Emma Lisle 0-3 0-0 0; Emily Johnson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 25-77 12-16 63.

DICKINSON COLLEGE (3-22, 3-17)
Bridget Borgese 4-8 9-10 17; Dana Walsh 5-8 3-3 13; Belma Mekic 5-8 0-0 10; Kellie Nissen 2-6 0-1 6; Alexis Friedlander 2-7 0-0 4; Sarah Phillips 2-6 0-0 4; Liz Schultz 1-4 2-2 4; Taylor Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-47 14-16 58.

Franklin & Marshall...........   28   35  -   63
Dickinson College.............   32   26  -   58

3-point goals--Franklin & Marshall 1-9 (Allison Bauer 1-5; Elizabeth Snyder 0-3; Sam Plunkett 0-1), Dickinson College 2-6 (Kellie Nissen 2-4; Alexis Friedlander 0-1; Sarah Phillips 0-1).

Fouled out--Franklin & Marshall-None, Dickinson College-None.

Rebounds--Franklin & Marshall 45 (Megan Pauley 8; Colleen Bott 8), Dickinson College 35 (Dana Walsh 11).

Assists--Franklin & Marshall 6 (Alexa Barbush 2; Megan Pauley 2), Dickinson College 9 (Bridget Borgese 5).

Total fouls--Franklin & Marshall 15, Dickinson College 14.

Technical fouls--Franklin & Marshall-None, Dickinson College-None.

A-200

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