Shorewomen Put the Clamps on Diplomats in 52-45 Win

Shorewomen Put the Clamps on Diplomats in 52-45 Win

Shorewomen Hold F&M to 20% Shooting in Second Half

CHESTERTOWN, Md. -- Host Washington College held visiting Franklin & Marshall to 20% shooting from the field in the second half of a 52-45 Centennial Conference women's basketball victory for the Shorewomen this afternoon inside Cain Athletic Center. Washington improved to 4-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play with the win, while the Diplomats slipped to 3-10 and 1-5 with the loss.

Franklin & Marshall scored on the game's first possession when Sam Plunkett knocked down a jumper 27 seconds into the game. That would be F&M's only lead of the first half and largest of the game. Washington held a 28-23 lead at halftime after leading by as many as eight points earlier in the period.

The Diplomats missed their first 10 shots from the field in the second half, but still managed to grab a pair of one-point leads during the period, the second coming on a pair of free throws by Kristina McCarthy with 10:42 to go, giving F&M a 37-36 advantage. A jumper by Washington senior guard Claire Mattox (Arlington, Va./Potomac School) with 9:42 left gave the Shorewomen the lead for good at 38-37. 

The Shorewomen held a 45-42 lead late in the game before a pair of F&M turnovers resulted in a lay-up by Mattox with 3:17 remaining and a jumper by senior forward Latisha Pledger (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) with 2:37 to go which extended the Washington lead to 49-42. Washington led by at least seven points the rest of the way. Before F&M's Kara Bacile converted a la-up with nine seconds left, F&M had only converted one of its 14 field-goal attempts over the previous 13 minutes - a jumper by McCarthy with 6:36 on the clock.

The Diplomats shot 6-for-30 from the field and 10-for-18 from the free-throw line in the second half after shooting 11-for-29 and 1-for-2, respectively, in the first. Washington shot 12-for-23 from the field in the first half and 8-for-21 in the second and committed 24 turnovers in the game to F&M's 16. Washington won the battle of the boards, 40-34. 

Pledger finished the game with team highs of 11 points and nine rebounds for Washington, while junior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) added 10 points. Mattox chipped in eight points, while junior guard Jackie O'Connell (Northampton, Pa./Northampton Area) dished out a career-high and game-best seven assists. 

McCarthy had an outstanding game for the Diplomats in the loss, putting up game highs of 21 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocked shots. McCarthy shot 8-for-13 from the field and 5-for-5 from the line in the game; the rest of the Diplomats combined to shoot 9-for-46 from the field and 6-for-15 from the line. Sarah Haddon was the only other Diplomat to finish in double figures in scoring, netting 11 points. 

The Shorewomen return to action Tuesday with an 8:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home game against Ursinus.