Franklin & Marshall Too Much for Women's Basketball, 64-47
LANCASTER, Pa. - Freshman Elle Larsen and junior Madeline Ross combined for 29 of Swarthmore's 47 points, but it wasn't enough to help the Garnet (8-14, 6-12) overcome a fast start from homestanding Franklin & Marshall (17-6, CC 14-4), as the Diplomats cruised to a 64-47 win on Saturday afternoon.
Larsen led the Garnet with 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting while Ross tallied 13 points. Sophomore Katie Lytle finished one point shy of a double-double with nine points and a team-high 13 rebounds.
The Dips jumped out to an early lead, and at the midway point of the first half, found themselves up 22-7 courtesy of 11 points from senior guard Allison Bauer. Bauer began her production from 3-point range early on, hitting a three in the opening minute while also going 5 for 7 from the field in the early going. Junior guard Alexa Barbush was another driving force behind a formidable Franklin & Marshall offense, finishing the first half with 14 points.
The Garnet was paced by Ross in the first half, as she gave the Garnet a much needed spark off the bench with an 11-point contribution. Still, Swat found itself down 41-26 at the break.
The second-half was much of the same for Swarthmore, which failed to truly find its offensive attack and muster up a comeback against the Diplomats. While playing F&M nearly even for the entire half (23-21), it could never get any closer than 15 points from the lead.
Once again, the difference in the game was the Garnet's inability to find any shooting rhythm. Swarthmore hit just 30 percent of its shots for the game and finished just 2-for-18 from beyond the arc.
Bauer led the Dips with 19 points while Barbush was right behind with 18 points
The Garnet return to action on Tuesday for a Valentine's Day match-up at Tri-Co rival Bryn Mawr. Play is set for 7:00 p.m.