LANCASTER, Pa. – Lindsey Powers was lights-out from behind the arc, going 6-of-7 for a career-high 22 points as Franklin and Marshall dropped Washington College 71-60 on Thursday night in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action at the Mayser Center. The win propelled the Diplomats to 6-7, 4-4 CC while the Shorewomen fell to 7-6, 4-4.
A 7-0 run, capped off by two free throws from Sarah Haddon with 1:31 left in the first, extended an early 16-5 advantage for F&M. Powers hit a triple with 11 seconds left in the frame, and the Diplomats carried a 19-7 lead into the second.
Another Powers three opened the scoring in the second before the Shorewomen hit four threes in three minutes to cut the deficit to 26-19. The visitors got as close as six at 28-22 with 2:26 left in the quarter, but a buzzer-beating triple from AnnMarie DiCarlo returned the lead to nine, 31-22, at halftime.
At the midway point, Powers led F&M with 11 points, while Haddon pulled in eight rebounds for the Diplomats. F&M held Washington to a 6-of-28 mark from the field, but the Shorewomen went 4-for-7 from behind the arc to keep the game close.
Six points from Erica Brown fueled another Diplomat burst as the hosts jumped out to a 40-26 lead early in the third. Back-to-back threes from Powers and Ashlyn Petersen started another 10-2 run, giving F&M a commanding 50-30 lead with 2:52 remaining in the stanza. Five straight points Washington's Ali Grundy could not stop the momentum as Powers hit another three late in the quarter to give the Diplomats a 54-35 advantage after three.
The lead grew to as much as 23, 60-37, following a layup from Sarah Pisani with 8:22 left. A late push from the Shorewomen cut the lead to 11 with 1:43 on the clock, but yet another three from Powers stopped the momentum with 1:13 left, and F&M coasted to the 71-60 decision.
Brown (12) and Haddon (10) also reached double digits as the Diplomats shot 44.8 percent from the floor. Haddon pulled in a game-high 13 rebounds for her second consecutive double-double and third of the season.
Powers finished 8-of-10 from the field and 6-of-7 from three on her way to 22 points. The six made threes tie for third-most ever by a Diplomat, and is the highest single-game total since Beth Holt also made six against Swarthmore on Jan. 30, 2010.
F&M returns to action on Saturday, visiting Bryn Mawr at 1:00 p.m. for the third game of the week.