LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall rallied from an 11-point deficit with 5:11 to play, hitting the game-winning shot as time expired to defeat McDaniel 57-55 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Thursday.
Anna Mondoro (Dumfries, Va./Homeschool) keyed the effort for the Green Terror (11-11, 9-8 CC), establishing a career high with 11 points off the bench. Jasmine Smith (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore Polytechnic Institute) led the way with 12 points.
Sarah Haddon and Ashlyn Petersen led the Diplomats (9-13, 7-10 CC) with 16 points each.
Sarah Bach (Manchester, Md./Manchester Valley) capped a 6-0 burst with a free throw that gave McDaniel a 51-40 lead with 5:11 to play.
Two Haddon free throws 40 seconds later cut the deficit to single digits before a single Karli Zeps (Reisterstown, Md./Seton Keough) shot from the charity stripe made it a 52-42 game with 4:09 showing.
Haddon hit six free throws around a Zeps layup to trim the margin to 54-48 just a minute later.
A Peterson triple with 2:30 on the clock made it a one possession game before Kristin Hamill cut the deficit to 54-53 on Franklin & Marshall's next possession.
Alyssa March (Fallston, Md./Fallston) hit the second of two free throws to make it a 55-53 game with 55 ticks remaining but a Haddon layup 16 seconds later tied the game.
The Green Terror had a look at a go-ahead layup but could not converted and a jump ball was called on the rebound to give possession to the Diplomats with 15.2 seconds on the clock.
Franklin & Marshall, inbounding in the front court, eventually worked the ball to Hamill, who was able to dribble to the top of the lane. Her shot bounced off the back iron before falling as the final horn expired to give the hosts the win and the season sweep.
The Diplomats jumped out to a 6-0 lead before Mondoro drained a 3-pointer to cut the deficit in half with 5:49 to play in the first quarter.
Franklin & Marshall extended the lead back out to as large as 16-9 with 2:03 to play in the quarter before a Smith three-point play made it a four-point game after one period.
The second-quarter advantage ballooned as large as 29-16 on a Sarosha Parsons 3-pointer with 4:59 on the clock before layups from Smith and Liv Storer (Wangaratta, Victoria, Australia/Galen Catholic) in the final 1:40 closed the deficit to 32-25 at the break.
Trailing 36-27, a Mondoro jumper with 5:50 to play in the third quarter sparked a 14-2 run to close the period, giving McDaniel its first lead of the game.
A Libby Dougherty (Cherry Hill, N.J./Cherry Hill West) third-chance layup gave the visitors a 39-38 edge and Storer converted a layup for the 41-38 lead.
The Green Terror returns to action at Haverford on Saturday. Game time is 1 p.m.