Diplomats Topple Shorewomen, 70-56

Diplomats Topple Shorewomen, 70-56

Pledger Records 10th Double-Double of Campaign

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Franklin & Marshall's Alexa Barbush had a game-high 25 points as visiting F&M tallied a 70-56 win over host Washington College on Monday night at the Cain Athletic Center in Centennial Conference women's basketball action.  The Diplomats improve to 14-6 overall and 11-4 in conference play, while the Shorewomen drop to 11-8 and 6-8 respectively.

With the score tied 20-20 with 7:30 left in the first half  following a free throw by Washington senior guard Meghan Tait (Oxford, PA/Oxford Area), the Diplomats closed out the half on a 12-2 run to take a 32-22 lead into halftime.  Barbush nailed a jumper with 4:48 left to put F&M up for good at 22-20.  Barbush closed out the scoring in the first half on layup with 51 ticks left and the guests went to the intermission up 10.

The Diplomats led 34-24 just 80 seconds into the second half on a Barbush jumper when the Shorewomen went on a 13-5 run to cut the deficit to just two points at 39-37 on a layup by sophomore forward Erin Fitzgerald (Greensboro, NC/Bishop McGuiness) with 12:49 remaining in the contest.  F&M lead 48-44 with 8:23 to go when they closed the game out on a 22-12 run to capture the victory.  A layup by Elizabeth Snyder with 4:55 left gave the Diplomats their biggest lead of the game of 17 points at 61-44.  F&M had a double-digit lead the last 6:32 of the game.

Joining Barbush in double figures in points for the Diplomats were Kristina McCarthy with 11 points and Allison Bauer with 10 points.  Barbush tied for game-high in assists with five and led all players with three steals.  Megan Pauley grabbed a team-topping seven rebounds.

Senior guard/forward Sally O'Donnell (Cape May Court House, NJ/Wildwood Catholic) and sophomore forward/center Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, VA/Indian River) had 15 points each to lead the hosts.  Pledger had 13 boards to lead all players, while Tait grabbed 11 rebounds.  For Pledger, the 15 points and 13 rebounds was her 10th double-double of the year.  Tait had five assists to tie for tops in the game.  WC held a 59-38 edge in rebounds.

F&M shot 44% from the floor, 57% from three-point range and 41% (12-for-29) from the foul line, while Washington shot 29% from the field, 14% from behind the arc and 73% (11-for-15) from the charity stripe. 

The Diplomats turned it over just seven times, while forcing 16 Shorewomen miscues.  F&M held a 21-8 edge in points off turnovers.  WC had a 25-12 advantage in second chance points and 24-9 edge in bench points.

WC returns to action Wednesday night with a Centennial Conference game against visiting Haverford.  Tip-time is 6:00 p.m.