Franklin & Marshall downs McDaniel, 67-61

LANCASTER, Pa. – Amanda Miceli netted 17 points to lead four players in double figures in Franklin & Marshall’s 67-61 Centennial Conference (CC) women’s basketball victory over McDaniel on Tuesday.

            Ashley Lyles (Laurel, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) led the Green Terror (10-9, 8-6 CC) with a career-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds and three assists.
            Megan Pauley added 14 points for the Diplomats (11-8, 8-4 CC) while Cara Landolfi and Sarah Meisenberg chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively.
            After Catherine Mills (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana) hit the first of two free throws 11 seconds into the game to stake McDaniel to an early 1-0 lead, Miceli countered with a 3-pointer from the top of the arc to give Franklin & Marshall a 3-1 advantage just over a minute later.
            A Meisenberg layup stretched the lead to 5-1 and a Pauley 3-pointer answered a Lyleslayup to push the lead to five.
            An Ali Moreland (Davidsonville, Md./South River) layup closed the deficit to 12-11 with 13:40 before the Diplomats put together a 6-0 burst to stretch the lead to its largest just 2 minutes, 17 seconds later.
            A Moreland layup and Sally Grace (Catonsville, Md./Mount de Sales Academy) triple closed the gap to 18-16 but Miceli countered with her own layup to push the lead back to four.
            Lyles and Landolfi exchanged baskets 14 seconds apart to make it a 28-24 game with 4:03 remaining in the first half.
            The two teams combined to go 0-for-11 with three turnovers in the final stretch of the first half to keep it a 28-24 margin at the intermission.
            The Diplomats tallied seven of the first nine points to open the second half, swelling the lead to nine just 1:38 into the stanza.
            On the Green Terror’s next possession, Mills hit a 3-pointer from the right wing and was fouled in the process to trim the deficit to 35-30.
            Two Lyles free throws with 11:47 on the clock knotted the game at 39-all before Franklin & Marshall reeled off the game’s next seven.
            A Kim Staub (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) 3-pointer in the left corner coupled with a Lyles short jumper trimmed the deficit to 48-46 with 7:38 showing.
            The Diplomats used a 13-4 run over the next 4 minutes, 37 seconds to establish its first double-digit lead of the game.
            McDaniel tallied the next six to close to within five on two Grace free throws with 1:25 to play.
            A Mills three-point play with 16.9 seconds remaining pulled the visitors within 65-61 but that was as close as the Green Terror could get en route to its third straight loss, falling to sixth place in the CC standings.
            Mills added career bests 16 points and eight rebounds for McDaniel.
            The Green Terror returns to action at home against Ursinus on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.