December 4, 2010

F&M clamps down in second half

Diplomats hold McDaniel to 13 points after break for 59-37 win

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Megan Pauley tallied 17 points to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 59-37 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Saturday.

Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spaulding) paced the Green Terror (0-6, 0-4 CC) a double-double, grabbing a career-best 16 rebounds to go with 12 points. Ten of the senior's rebounds came on the offensive end, where McDaniel pulled down 25 boards to key a 51-40 advantage on the glass.

Alexa Barbush and Allison Bauer reached double figures for the Diplomats (3-3, 2-1 CC), contributing 15 and 10 points, respectively.

Knotted at 24-all on a Snoops putback with 1:14 remaining in the first half, Barbush canned the first of two attempts from the line at the other end and hit a layup just before the period expired for a 27-24 halftime edge.

That burst carried over into the second half. Before six minutes had elapsed after the break, Franklin & Marshall had turned a tie game into a 13-point advantage with a 15-2 run that took just 7 minutes, 46 seconds.

With 10:26 to play, Snoops hit a jumper to give McDaniel 30 points and trim deficit to 41-30. In the 10:48 between the two Snoops baskets, the Green Terror went a combined 2-for-21 from the floor, including hitting just 2 of its first 18 attempts in a second half in which the squad shot an abysmal 4-for-34 (11.8 percent).

Two Elizabeth Snyder free throws in the final 45 seconds of the game stretched the lead to as many as 24 before Allie Eader (Frederick, Md./Linganore) canned a pair from the charity stripe a second later to set the final margin.

Four Barbush points helped the Diplomats jump out to an early 6-2 advantage in the game's first 1:49.

Still trailing by four, Katherine Restrepo (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) hit a layup and Emma Adams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) drained a pair of free throws to draw the hosts even at 10-all with 12:00 to play in the first half.

Snoops hit a jumper with 6:28 showing to knot the game at 16-all and Meredith Larsen (Phoenix, Md./Bryn Mawr) added a jumper 50 seconds later for the team's first lead of the game.

A Bauer trey capped an 8-0 Diplomat run, however, putting the visitors on top 24-18 with 3:29 on the clock.

Baskets from Snoops and Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) pulled McDaniel within two before Snoops layup tied the game for the final time.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Johns Hopkins on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.

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