Franklin & Marshall holds off McDaniel

Whitney Snoops © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Whitney Snoops © 2011 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Diplomats build 29-15 halftime lead en route to 68-56 victory

LANCASTER, Pa. – Beth Holt and Alexa Barbush combined for 35 points to lead Franklin & Marshall to a 68-56 victory over McDaniel in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Saturday.

Holt led the Diplomats (10-7, 8-4 CC) with 18 points while Barbush chipped in 15 of her 17 points after halftime.

Whitney Snoops (Millersville, Md./Archbishop Spalding) netted 18 points to lead the Green Terror (3-13, 3-10 CC), who secured a losing season for the first time since 1999-2000 – the year before the team put together a string of seven straight appearances in either the NCAA or ECAC tournament.

After watching its 29-15 halftime lead dissipate to a one-point margin through the first nine minutes of the second half, Holt stretched the lead back to four with a 3-pointer at the 10:35 mark.

Two Emma Adams (Oneida, N.Y./Oneida) free throws and one from Cara Thompson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) trimmed the deficit to 42-41 but Barbush canned a jumper on the next Franklin & Marshall possession to spark a 10-0 run to put the hosts back on top by double digits with 7:12 on the clock.

Thompson and Megan Pauley traded baskets before an Adams triple pulled the visitors within 54-46 with 5:47 remaining.

A Snoops layup with 3:51 showing pulled McDaniel within 58-52 but the squad could get no closer.

The Diplomats opened the game on a 6-0 run before a Snoops jumper and Kim Acton (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) trey closed the deficit to ne with 14:29 to play in the first half.

Holt extended the lead to 15-7 with 9:10 showing before an Acton layup nearly two minutes later made it a six-point game.

However, Franklin & Marshall closed the half on a 14-6 stretch to open up a 14-point advantage at the break.

Five points from Rachael Rybak (Reisterstown, Md./Franklin) keyed a 7-0 burst through the first 2:01 of the second half sliced the gap in half.

An Allison Bauer 3-pointer out of the Diplomat timeout pushed the lead back to 10 before a Rybak layup and Acton triple made it a 32-27 game with 16:39 on the clock.

A Barbush layup and back-to-back buckets from Snoops closed the deficit to three.

Holt converted a three-point play to stretch the lead to 39-34 with 12:28 showing before Katherine Restrepo (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area) and Snoops made it a one-point game.

Acton finished with 12 points and nine rebounds.

The Green Terror returns to action at home against Goucher on Tuesday. Game time is 7 p.m.