Diplomats Dominate Owls

LANCASTER, Pa. – Jessica Dowicz and Kristina McCarthy each scored in double-figures to lead Franklin & Marshall's women's basketball team past Bryn Mawr 64-27 in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon. The victory improved the Diplomats' record to 3-5, while the Owls fell to 1-5.

Bryn Mawr led early in the first half, after an Ashton Dwyer 3-pointer put the Owls ahead 7-4 with 16:29 remaining, however F&M answered with a 16-3 run over the next seven minutes to take the 20-10 advantage with nine minutes to go.

The Owls didn't let the Diplomats pull away, as F&M led by 14 points, 33-19 at halftime. McCarthy led F&M in the opening frame with eight points to go along with seven rebounds. Sarah Haddon and Hannah Rose Nussbaum each added six points.

The Diplomats opened the second half with a 16-0 run as F&M held Bryn Mawr scoreless for 5:22 and led 49-19 with 14:38 to go in the contest. The biggest lead of the afternoon came with 3:44 remaining when the Diplomats were up by 38 points, 64-26 as F&M cruised to the victory.

The bench played a key role in the contest for the Diplomats, outscoring the Owls' reserves 30-3 on the afternoon. The Diplomats shot 37.8 percent from the floor, while the F&M defense held Bryn Mawr to only 20.8 percent shooting.

Dowicz paced the Diplomats, finishing with a career-high 14 points and tallying seven rebounds. McCarthy recorded 13 points and nine rebounds, while Haddon and Nussbaum notched eight points. Carli Studnicky brought down a career-high 10 rebounds and scored five points. 

Nicolette Parmese finished with a double-double for the Owls, scoring a game-high 15 points while tallying 16 rebounds.

The Diplomats return to the court Dec. 29 when F&M heads to California to play Lewis & Clark in the Purple & Gold Poet Classic at Whittier College.