February 24, 2012

Mules End Diplomats' Season

BALTIMORE, Md. – Franklin & Marshall women's basketball season came to an end on Friday evening with a 51-47 loss to Muhlenberg in the Centennial Conference Semifinals. The Diplomats finished the season 18-8, 15-5 CC while the Mules (22-5, 15-5 CC) advance to the final on Saturday against Johns Hopkins. 

F&M jumped out to an early 6-0 advantage 16:16 into the contest, however the Mules responded by going on a 17-4 run over the next eight minutes to take a 17-10 lead. The Diplomats answered by converting on their next two trips down the court to pull within three, 17-14, with just over seven minutes to play.

After a missed jumper by Muhlenberg's Alita Zabrecky, Elizabeth Snyder grabbed the defensive rebound to set up teammate Megan Pauley for a jumper to bring F&M within one, 17-16, with 6:34 left in the half. The Mules finished the half by going on a 14-2 run to take a 32-21 lead into the break.

Muhlenberg's largest lead of the half came at the 18:26 mark when it went up by 11, 34-23. The Diplomats hung around and chipped away at the Mules lead over the next seven minutes. With 11:13 left on the clock, Alexa Barbush hit a pair of free-throws to bring F&M within two, 37-35, the closest it would come to the Muhlenberg lead.

The Diplomats made it a one-possession game at the 6:31 mark after Pauley drained a jumper. Muhlenberg's Erin Laney sank two from the charity stripe to make it a two-possession game, 46-41 at 5:26. Through the remainder of the contest Muhlenberg led by as many as nine en route to its victory.

Coming into tonight's game Barbush was just four points shy of 1,000. The junior hit 1,000 points with 15:55 left in the contest to become the 13th Diplomat to achieve the accomplishment.
Pauley led the Diplomats with a team-high 15 points Barbush added nine points. Allison Bauer contributed eight and Elizabeth Snyder tallied seven. Kristina McCarthy pulled down 10 boards.

Zabrecky paced the Mules with a game-high 21 points while adding 10 rebounds. Alexandra Chili recorded a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Laney grabbed a game-high 12 boards.

MUHLENBERG 51, FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 47

MUHLENBERG (21-5)
Alita Zabrecky 9-16 0-3 21; Alexandra Chili 3-8 4-6 12; Kate Clawson 3-4 1-2 8; Kathleen Naddaff 2-8 0-2 4; Erin Laney 1-8 2-2 4; Colleen Caldwell 1-6 0-2 2; Kimberly Mui 0-1 0-0 0; Katy Mitton 0-0 0-0 0; Leeann Lanza 0-3 0-0 0; Hannah Rush 0-7 0-1 0. Totals 19-61 7-18 51.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (18-8)
Megan Pauley 7-18 1-2 15; Alexa Barbush 2-8 5-8 9; Allison Bauer 3-16 0-5 8; Elizabeth Snyder 3-9 0-0 7; Kristina McCarthy 1-4 2-5 4; Emily Johnson 1-2 0-1 2; Colleen Bott 1-6 0-0 2; Emma Lisle 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 18-64 8-21 47.

Muhlenberg....................   32   19  -   51
Franklin & Marshall...........   21   26  -   47

3-point goals--Muhlenberg 6-18 (Alita Zabrecky 3-6; Alexandra Chili 2-7; Kate Clawson 1-2; Colleen Caldwell 0-1; Hannah Rush 0-2), Franklin & Marshall 3-14 (Allison Bauer 2-8; Elizabeth Snyder 1-5; Colleen Bott 0-1).

Fouled out--Muhlenberg-Leeann Lanza, Franklin & Marshall-Alexa Barbush.

Rebounds--Muhlenberg 54 (Erin Laney 12), Franklin & Marshall 48 (Kristina McCarthy 10).

Assists--Muhlenberg 11 (Colleen Caldwell 5), Franklin & Marshall 9 (Elizabeth Snyder 4).

Total fouls--Muhlenberg 15, Franklin & Marshall 17.

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

A-339