Head-to-Head: Franklin & Marshall and Muhlenberg will face off for the 42nd time in school history Friday night at Johns Hopkins. This will be the third meeting this season, with the Diplomats winning the previous game, 59-54. The winner of the contest will play for the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship on Saturday night at 7 pm.
F&M and Johns Hopkins will meet for the third time this season and the 65th time in school history if both teams win on Friday evening. The Blue Jays swept the series between the squads this year and have won the last nine meetings.
F&M and Haverford may face each other for the third time this season if both teams prevail on Friday night. The Diplomats swept the series this season and have won the last three contests. This will be the 30th meeting in school history with F&M holding a commanding 25-4 advantage.
Last Time Out: 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. The Diplomats advance to the semifinal game of the CC tournament, while the loss ends the Red Devils season.
Alexa Barbush led F&M with a game-high 24 points. The junior also contributed seven rebounds and four assists. Elizabeth Snyder and Megan Pauley each dropped 12 points, while Allison Bauer scored nine points and grabbed five boards.
Dickinson was paced by Bridget 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.
CC Honors: Alexa Barbush was named Centennial Conference (CC) Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-CC First Team when it was announced Tuesday. Megan Pauley and Allison Bauer both received Honorable Mention. Barbush became the fifth Diplomat to recieve Player of the Year honors. Pauley earned Honorable Mention accolades for the second-straight year, and Bauer picked up her first postseason honor from the conference.
1,000 Career Points: Alexa Barbush enters the playoffs with 996 points, four shy of 1,000. She will try to be the 13th Diplomat to achieve this accomplishment against Muhlenberg on Friday.
No. 1 JHU: Johns Hopkins (22-3, 17-3 CC) makes its way back to the CC playoffs for the third year in a row. The Blue Jays finished first in the conference standings earning the regular season crown for the second consecutive year. This will be JHU's 16th apperance in conference history.
Hopkins, which won the previous two meetings against the Diplomats this season, will play No. 4 Haverford on Friday at 6 pm for a chance to go to the finals on Saturday.
No. 3 Muhlenberg: Muhlenberg (20-5,15-5 CC) will make its sixth consecutive appearance in the CC playoffs. The Mules, who've won three out of the last four championships, will look to repeat as champions this weekend.
The two teams split the series this year with Muhlenberg winning on F&M's home court, 62-54, and losing on its home court, 59-54. The winner will advance to the championship game on Saturday.
No. 4 Haverford: Haverford (18-8,12-8 CC) earned its first-ever berth into the CC tournament and found its way into the semifinals with a 55-41 win over Ursinus Wednesday evening.
F&M swept the series between the two squads this season. Haverford takes on the No. 1 seed Johns Hopkins for a chance to play in the title game on Saturday.
No. 2 Franklin & Marshall: Franklin & Marshall (18-7,15-5 CC) makes the CC tournament for the second consecutive year, and ninth overall.