LANCASTER, Pa. – Marywood used a late second-half run to defeat Franklin & Marshall 63-51 in non-conference women's basketball action on Sunday evening in the consolation matchup of the Terry Greene Tip-Off Tournament. The Diplomats slipped to 0-2 on the season, while the Pacers evened their record to 1-1.
In the Championship game that followed, Elizabethtown defeated Hood (50-47) with the Blue Jays' Taylor Alwine earning the Tournament's MVP award.
With the contest tied at 46-46 with just over 10 minutes remaining, Marywood's Danielle Terranella sank two free throws to give the Pacers a narrow 48-46 lead with 7:26 left on the clock. After Tara Steakin made a layup to make it a 50-46 lead at 6:58, Erica Brown added a layup for F&M to bring the Diplomats back to within two at 50-48 at 6:36.
Marywood answered in a big way, as Catie Nealon's clutch three-pointer put the Pacers up by five at 53-48 with 5:28 remaining. Marywood increased the advantage to eight points at 58-50 with 3:56 left and went on to win by a score of 63-51, ending the game on a 17-5 run.
The contest was close early on as F&M's Anajha Burnett's three pointer with 9:43 remaining in the first tied the game at 14-14. The teams traded buckets throughout the rest of the half with Marywood leading 28-27 going into halftime.
In the beginning of the second half, the teams continued back-and-forth action, not allowing each other to pull away. However, the Pacers' key run late in the second proved to be enough for the win.
There were nine lead changes in the game, including six in the second half.
Burnett finished with 10 points and five boards for the Diplomats, while Sarah Haddon was also in double digits in points with 10. Brown chipped in nine points and pulled down seven rebounds.
Marywood's Nealon led all scorers with 14 points, including a 4-for-6 stat line from behind the arc.
The Pacers held the slight edge in field goal percent at 33.3 percent, compared to F&M's 30.8 percent.
The Diplomats return to action on Wednesday when F&M kicks off Centennial Conference (CC) play by hosting McDaniel at 7:00 p.m.