LANCASTER, Pa. – A career performance from Kristina McCarthy was not enough as Swarthmore defeated Franklin & Marshall 63-55 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Wednesday night at the Mayser Center. The loss dropped the Diplomats to 3-9, 1-4 CC, while the Garnet improved to 6-5, 2-4 CC.
Down by one point at 34-33 with 14:19 remaining in the game, F&M's Hannah Rose Nussbaum missed a jumper, but got her own rebound and was fouled on the following shot. Nussbaum drained both free throws to give the Diplomats their first lead in over 13 minutes of action at 35-34 with 13:36 left in the contest.
F&M extended the lead to five points at 39-34 off two foul shots from McCarthy with 12:24 to go, but Swarthmore clawed back into the game and took a two point lead off a 3-pointer from Maggie O'Neil at 9:19 to pull ahead 46-44.
From there, the Garnet put together a 13-2 run over the next six minutes to take a 59-46 lead. Sam Plunkett sank a 3-pointer with 31 seconds left to pull the Diplomats within eight at 61-53, but two foul shots from Swarthmore's Abbey Deckard with 15 seconds to go, put the Garnet ahead 63-53 and sealed the victory.
The contest was close early as F&M held a 13-10 lead with 14:33 to go in the first half, but Swarthmore responded with a 17-4 run over the next seven minutes to take a 27-17 lead with 1:58 remaining in the opening half.
McCarthy scored five points in a row to close out the half as the Garnet held a 27-22 lead at halftime.
McCarthy finished with a career-high 23 points and tied a career-high with 22 rebounds for the Diplomats to notch her fourth straight double-double and sixth of the season. Emma Lisle tallied 12 points and added five rebounds.
Four Garnet players scored in double figures, led by Stephanie Lechich with 16. Kayla Moritzky and Katie Lytle added 12 points, while Elle Larsen chipped in 11.
F&M shot 35.6 percent from the floor, while Swarthmore shot 42.6 percent. The Diplomats outrebounded the Garnet 43-31.
F&M returns to the court Saturday when the Diplomats travel to Chestertown, Md. to take on Washington. The game is set to begin at 4:00 p.m.