Balanced Scoring Lifts F&M

LANCASTER, Pa. – Four Diplomats reached double figures in scoring as Franklin & Marshall cruised to a 72-54 victory over Dickinson on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) action. The Diplomats finished out their season with an 8-17, 5-15 CC record while the Red Devils fell to 13-11, 9-11 CC.

Alexa Barbush closed out her illustrious F&M career with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-17 shooting. Fellow seniors Elizabeth Snyder and Colleen Bott reached double-figures as well with 15 and 11 respectively.

Early in the first and down by seven at 12-5, the Diplomats charged out in front with a 9-2 run to tie the game at 14-14 with 8:29 remaining in the half.

Later in the first, F&M had a one-point advantage at 25-24 with 2:54 left when the Diplomats scored seven unanswered to pull ahead 32-24.

In the second half F&M extended its lead to 17 off of an 8-2 run that made the score 52-35 with 11:13 to go. Dickinson failed to pull within more than 14 points for the remainder of the contest as the Diplomats finished out their season strong with an impressive 72-54 win.

F&M shot 48 percent from the floor on the afternoon, including a 53 percent clip in the second half. The Red Devils finished the game with a 42 percent margin, but shot only 34 percent in the second.

Thirty of the Diplomats' points came in the paint compared to 24 from Dickinson.  F&M picked up 14 turnovers on the contest and converted them into 18 points.

Kristina McCarthy filled out the stat sheet with nine points, seven rebounds and tied a career-high with five blocks. Emma Lisle scored 11 and hauled in six boards.

Belma Mekic paced the Red Devils' offense with 16 points on 6-of-13 shooting. Bridget Borgese and Lindsay Finnerty reached double-digits as well, registering 10 points apiece.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL 72, DICKINSON 54

DICKINSON (13-11, 9-11 CC)

Belma Mekic 6-13 4-6 16; Bridget Borgese 3-4 4-4 10; Lindsay Finnerty 5-13 0-0 10; Dana Walsh 2-7 3-4 7; Megan Layman 2-3 1-2 5; Liz Schultz 2-5 0-1 4; Ashley Kinney 1-3 0-0 2; Rachel Sisco 0-0 0-0 0; Erica Brown 0-0 0-0 0; Kelsey Barclay 0-1 0-0 0; Sam Seigfried 0-0 0-0 0; Rachel Smolskis 0-1 0-0

0. Totals 21-50 12-17 54.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (8-17, 5-15 CC)

Alexa Barbush 8-17 5-6 21; Elizabeth Snyder 7-15 0-0 15; Emma Lisle 5-8 1-2 11; Colleen Bott 3-7 5-6 11; Kristina McCarthy 3-4 3-4 9; Kara Bacile 2-7 0-0 5; Tracy Hahn 0-0 0-0 0; Sam Plunkett 0-0 0-0 0; Emily Wetz 0-1 0-0 0.

Totals 28-59 14-18 72.

Dickinson.....................   28   26  -   54

Franklin & Marshall...........   34   38  -   72

3-point goals--Dickinson 0-2 (; Lindsay Finnerty 0-1; Liz Schultz 0-1), Franklin & Marshall 2-7 (Kara Bacile 1-3; Elizabeth Snyder 1-4).

Fouled out--Dickinson-None, Franklin & Marshall-None.

Rebounds--Dickinson 29 (Lindsay Finnerty 5; Belma Mekic 5), Franklin & Marshall 34 (Elizabeth Snyder 7; Kristina McCarthy 7).

Assists--Dickinson 10 (Bridget Borgese 3), Franklin & Marshall 14 (Kara Bacile 6; Alexa Barbush 6).

Total fouls--Dickinson 14, Franklin & Marshall 14.

Technical fouls--Dickinson-TEAM, Franklin & Marshall-None.

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