Diplomats Overcome Shorewomen in Overtime, 69-63

Diplomats Overcome Shorewomen in Overtime, 69-63

Grundy Scores Career-High 19 Points in Loss

LANCASTER, Pa. -- Leslie Bacile hit a tying three-pointer at the end of regulation to force the extra session as host Franklin & Marshall College went on to post a 69-63 overtime win over visiting Washington College in Centennial Conference women's basketball action this afternoon in Lancaster, Pa. 

F&M (3-9 overall, 1-5 Centennial) used an 11-0 run to build a 26-12 lead on an Erica Brown jumper with 7:29 remaining in the first half. After the two teams exchanged pairs of made free throws, the Shorewomen (5-8, 1-5) went on a 16-0 run over the final 4:32 of the period to take a 30-28 lead into the intermission. Sophomore guard Ali Grundy (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) scored nine points during the run, which was capped off by a lay-up by freshman forward Brynn Brouse (Slatington, Pa./Parkland) with 32 seconds to go in the period. 

Washington increased its lead to 31-28 on a free throw by junior forward Carley Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton Area) 21 seconds into the second half, but was cold from the field to open the period as the Diplomats went on a 7-0 run, taking a 35-31 lead on a Brown lay-up with 14:02 to go. Kendall made the Shorewomen's first field goal of the second half with 12:54 on the clock, but the Diplomats scored the next four points as a lay-up by Caroline Studnicky with 11:16 left opened up a 39-33 advantage for F&M. Three possessions later, Grundy knocked the lead down to two points with a three-pointer with 10:32 to go, but Studnicky answered with another lay-up eight seconds later as F&M went up by four at 42-38. 

Anajha Burnett upped the lead to six points with a jumper with 9:07 remaining before the Shorewomen scored the next six points to tie the game at 44-44 on a Grundy three-pointer with 8:31 left. The six points were the start of a 10-0 run for the Shorewomen, who regained the lead on a lay-up by senior guard Emily Hubley (West Chester, Pa./Bayard Rustin) with 7:58 on the clock and extended their advantage to 48-44 on a pair of Hubley free throws just nine seconds later. 

The Diplomats countered by scoring the next six points, tying the game on two Brown free throws with 6:41 left and taking a 50-48 lead on two free throws by Shannon O'Connor with 4:17 remaining. 

Washington leveled the score at 50-50 on two free throws by Kendall 20 seconds later, but F&M regained the lead on two free throws by Emily Wetz with 3:31 left. Washington junior guard Kelly Sugalski (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley) briefly tied the game again, 52-52, with a jumper with 2:25 left. Brown knocked down a jumper on the other end 23 seconds later to put the Diplomats ahead, 54-52. 

After both teams came up empty on their next possessions, the Shorewomen had the ball out of an F&M timeout with 51 seconds remaining. Sugalski missed a jumper with 45 seconds on the clock and Wetz grabbed the rebound and was fouled. Wetz made the second of two free throws to increase the Diplomat advantage to three at 55-52. 

Grundy knocked down a game-tying three-pointer on the Shorewomen's next possession, evening the game at 55-55 with 24 seconds left. Freshman forward Brynn Brouse (Slatington, Pa./Parkland) then stole the ball from Bacile with 12 seconds to go in regulation and was fouled by Sarah Haddon. Brouse went to the line for a one-and-one, making the first shot to put the Shorewomen ahead and missing the second as Kendall grabbed the offensive board and was fouled by Studnicky. Kendall made both free throws to up the Washington lead to 58-55, but Bacile hit her three-pointer with two seconds to go to send the game into overtime deadlocked at 58-58. 

The Diplomats opened overtime with a Haddon jumper 18 seconds in to take a 60-58 lead. Grundy then made the second of two free throws for the Shorewomen with 3:48 left, but a Studnicky lay-up with 3:03 left and a Haddon free throw with 2:23 remaining extended the lead to four at 63-59. Two free throws by Hubley with 1:33 remaining trimmed the margin to two at 63-61. A jumper by Bacile with 42 seconds to go put the lead back to two possessions before Kendall made two free throws with 28 seconds left to cut the lead to two at 65-63. Bacile was fouled following the inbounds and made the second of two free throws to make the score 66-63 in favor of F&M. Burnett stole the ball from Sugalski on the ensuing Washington possession and sealed the win with a pair of free throws with 16 seconds to go. A Brown free throw with three seconds left provided the final margin. 

Bacile and Haddon shared high-scoring honors for the Diplomats with 15 points a piece. Burnett added 12 points, while Brown contributed 11 points and seven rebounds. 

Grundy paced the Shorewomen with a game- and career-high 19 points, knocking down four of her seven three-point field-goal attempts in the process. Kendall added 12 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, while Hbley chipped in 10 points. 

F&M shot 41.5% from the field in the win and 62% from the line. The Shorewomen shot 25-for-30 from the foul line in the loss and held a commanding 55-36 advantage on the boards, but shot just 24.2% from the field, including a 10-for-47 mark from two-point range. 

The Shorewomen next play on Tuesday when they travel to Ursinus for an 8:00 p.m. Centennial Conference game.