Bears Edge Diplomats

COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Ursinus used a late 11-0 run to down Franklin & Marshall 59-58 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Wednesday night. The Diplomats fell to 3-19, 1-14 CC, while the Bears improved to 10-11, 7-8 CC.

With 6:44 remaining in the game, F&M's Hannah Rose Nussbaum drained a free throw to give the Diplomats a 52-45 advantage, their largest lead of the contest. From there, Ursinus scored 11 consecutive points, including seven from Alyssa Polimeni, to take a 56-52 lead with 3:09 to go.

On the next possession, F&M's Sarah Haddon drained a bucket to bring the Diplomats within two at 56-54 with 2:37 to go. However, the Bears' Jessica Porada scored three straight points to extend the lead to 59-54 at 1:17. In the closing seconds, Emma Lisle made two free throws, but it was not enough as Ursinus narrowly came away with the 59-58 victory. 

The first half was tight as neither team had more than a three-point lead at any time. Down 25-24 with 1:47 left in the first, two free throws from Kristina McCarthy gave the Diplomats a 26-25 lead with 1:25 remaining. After two Haddon free throws gave F&M a 28-27 advantage with 42 seconds remaining, the Bears made a jumper with 20 seconds on the clock to put Ursinus ahead 29-28 and secure a one-point halftime lead.

The teams went back and forth to start the second half until a Lisle layup gave the Diplomats a 49-43 advantage with 8:41 to go. F&M extended the lead to seven at 52-45 with 6:44 left, but the Bears went on the decisive run and earned the win.

McCarthy and Lisle each notched 14 points for the Diplomats, while Sam Plunkett added 11 and Haddon chipped in nine.

Jessica Porada led Ursinus with a game-high 19 points, while Pollimeni finished with 12 and Diamond Lewis notched 10.

F&M shot 48 percent from the floor, while the Bears shot 40 percent. The Diplomats outrebounded Ursinus 41-31. 

The contest featured 25 lead changes and eight ties, including seven in the first half.

F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats welcome Muhlenberg to the Mayser Center. Tip-off is set for 1:00 p.m.