Franklin & Marshall finished the game with a 50-26 rebounding advantage, scoring 21 second-chance points in a 66-48 win over McDaniel on Tuesday at Gill Center.
Renie Tsomos led the Green Terror (10-8, 5-8 Centennial) with 15 points. She also had two steals and three rebounds.
Kenna Williams led the Diplomats (9-8, 6-6) with 13 points and 18 rebounds. Kristin Hamill added 13 points and 16 rebounds, and Haley Pilone had 14 points. Sarah Pisani scored eight points and handed out seven assists.
After Williams and Tsomos traded layups in the game's first 1:35, Williams hit two free throws with 7:47 on the clock to give Franklin & Marshall the lead for good. A Hamill layup stretched the lead to 9-3 with 3:56 on the clock before Anna Mondoro drained a 3-pointer to cut the deficit in half nearly a minute later.
Hamill, however, scored four points in the final 2:50 to push the lead to 13-6 after one quarter. After a Liv Storer jumper trimmed the margin to five a on the opening possession of the second period, Pilone recorded back-to-back steal-and-layups to push the lead out to 17-8 with 6:22 remaining. A Hamill three-point play and pair of Emily Moran treys keyed a 9-2 run that stretched the advantage to 26-12 before Allyson Shipley’s jumper with 1:40 showing made it a 12-point game at halftime.
An Emily Metzger fast-break layup sparked a 7-0 burst to start the third quarter, closing the deficit to 26-21 just 1:26 into the period. The Diplomats, however, got two Pilone free throws to spark a 10-0 counter run, pushing the lead to 15 with 5:37 remaining. A Shipley 3-pointer closed the deficit to 40-31 with 2:01 showing but Jennifer Falconiero responded with a triple of her own en route to a 47-34 lead after three quarters.
Tsomos reached double figures for the third straight game.
McDaniel, which has lost four of its last five games, returns to action Saturday at Bryn Mawr. Game time is 1 p.m.