Barbush Leads F&M Past Blue Jays

BALTIMORE, Md. – Alexa Barbush scored 21 of her game-high 30 points in the second half, including 17 of the teams final 18, to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 51-47 victory over Johns Hopkins on Wednesday night in Centennial Conference (CC) action. The win improved the Diplomats' record to 7-11, 4-9 CC, while the Blue Jays fell to 10-8, 7-6 CC.

Barbush played aggressively throughout, scoring 18 from the free-throw line on 22 attempts, both career highs. The senior guard shot 6-of-13 from the field and added nine rebounds on the night.

With less than three minutes remaining in the contest, Johns Hopkins led 44-42 until Barbush stepped to the charity stripe and landed both attempts to tie the game for F&M.

On the next possession, Katie Clark drained her third-straight 3-pointer for the Blue Jays to put Johns Hopkins up 47-44 with 2:28 left.

Barbush pulled the Diplomats within one with 1:11 to go when she continued her strong performance from the stripe and landed her first of two attempts from the line.

Her second shot came up short but Barbush quickly regrouped, stealing the ball in the Blue Jays' backcourt and landing the layup to give F&M the 48-47 advantage with 1:02 on the clock.

On Johns Hopkins following possession, Kristina McCarthy came up with her third block of the game on a Blue Jays layup attempt. The Diplomats were sent to the line throughout the remainder of the contest and shot 3-for-4 from the stripe in the closing minute to hold of Johns Hopkins.

F&M's defense was solid from the start, limiting the Blue Jays to only 19 percent shooting from the field and picking up nine steals on the night.

McCarthy paced the Diplomats with 10 rebounds, her ninth double-digit effort of the season. Emma Lisle was strong under the glass as well, picking up nine boards for F&M.

Alexa Vasilla paced the Blue Jays' offense with 13 points, while Stacy Fairey tacked on 10 in the losing effort.

The Diplomats return to the court on Saturday to face off against Haverford in CC-action. The contest is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 51, JOHNS HOPKINS 47

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (7-11, 4-9 CC)

Alexa Barbush 6-13 18-22 30; Emma Lisle 3-7 2-3 8; Elizabeth Snyder 2-5 1-3 5; Hannah Rose Nussbaum 1-4 2-2 4; Kristina McCarthy 1-3 0-0 2; Colleen Bott 1-4 0-0 2; Sam Plunkett 0-2 0-0 0; Kara Bacile 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 14-40 23-30 51.

JOHNS HOPKINS (10-8, 7-6 CC)

Alex Vassila 5-13 3-8 13; Stacy Fairey 4-10 1-3 10; Katie Clark 3-5 0-0 9; Liz Tommasi 3-12 0-0 6; Maggie Fruehan 0-7 4-8 4; Jessica Brown 1-4 0-0 3; Fatu Conteh 1-3 0-0 2; Ciara McCullagh 0-2 0-0 0; KaraLea Follmer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 17-56 8-19 47.

Franklin & Marshall...........   23   28  -   51

Johns Hopkins.................   18   29  -   47

3-point goals--Franklin & Marshall 0-3 (; Elizabeth Snyder 0-2; Sam Plunkett 0-1), Johns Hopkins 5-13 (Katie Clark 3-4; Jessica Brown 1-2; Stacy Fairey 1-5; Liz Tommasi 0-2).

Fouled out--Franklin & Marshall-None, Johns Hopkins-Alex Vassila; Fatu Conteh.

Rebounds--Franklin & Marshall 38 (Kristina McCarthy 10), Johns Hopkins 38 (Fatu Conteh 8).

Assists—Franklin & Marshall 9 (Alexa Barbush 3), Johns Hopkins 11 (Stacy Fairey 3; Maggie

Fruehan 3; Fatu Conteh 3).

Total fouls--Franklin & Marshall 17, Johns Hopkins 25.

Technical fouls--Franklin & Marshall-None, Johns Hopkins-None.

A-85