It would have been seven years ago to this day that a Western Maryland College basketball team last knocked off one from Franklin & Marshall -- that is, until Tuesday.
That's when the Western Maryland women came away with a 61-51 upset over the visiting Diplomats (15-5, 10-2 in the Centennial Conference), ranked sixth in the NCAA Division III Mid-Atlantic Region.
It could well be a preview of what's to come for a young Green Terrors team (10-7, 5-6 in the conference) that already has surpassed its win total of a year ago (nine).
Senior center Marie Pawlowski enjoyed one of the finest games of her career with a game-high 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Green Terrors.
Freshmen Erin Murphey (Francis Scott Key) and Sandi DeJager played key roles down the stretch.
Murphey, who finished the night with 13 points and eight rebounds, hit five-of-six from the free-throw line in the final 1:30 to ice the win.
Two of DeJager's 11 points came on a jumper with 1:58 left to break a 50-50 tie. The basket put the Green Terrors ahead for good.
It also was the women who last beat a Franklin & Marshall team back in 1987, a 61-60 win.
The Green Terrors had come back from an 11-point, second-half deficit to edge the Diplomats. Cindy Boyer had 15 points and 17 rebounds, and Barb Wolf had 16 points and 10 boards to lead the Green Terrors. The Diplomats then won the next 13 meetings before Tuesday's loss.
The Green Terrors will play host to Washington College tonight before traveling to Johns Hopkins on Saturday.
Washington is 6-12 and 3-7 in the conference in its first year of varsity competition. It is led by freshmen Allison Wentworth (17.3 points, 11.7 rebounds) and Eboni Taylor (14.6 points, 12.6 rebounds).
The men's basketball team (7-14, 3-8 in the conference) wasn't as fortunate 1n its meeting with Franklin & Marshall.
The Diplomats (20-1) clinched the Centennial Conference's West Division with a 93-74 win over the Green Terrors on Tuesday. They improved to 10-0 in conference play and their only loss of the season came against Division I Princeton.
Senior forward Rolando Welch led the Green Terrors with a game-high 23 points and 11 rebounds. It's the 20th straight loss for the Green Terrors against F & M.
The Green Terrors will play host to Johns Hopkins on Saturday, looking to break a four-game conference losing streak.
Hopkins (15-5, 6-3), which played Swarthmore last night, is battling Dickinson (11-9, 5-4) for second place in the West Division.
The Blue Jays have two players in the top 10 in scoring in conference games. Luke Busby came into the week averaging 17.2 points in nine conference games, and Frank Grzywacz is averaging 15.2 points.
Welch is the conference leader in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 19.4 and 10.5, respectively.
Junior captain Buffy Burke had five individual wins over the past week in losses to Franklin & Marshall and Ursinus.
Last Wednesday, in a 53-42 loss to Franklin & Marshall (4-7), Burke won the 100- and 200-yard freestyle and also was part of the Green Terrors' winning 200 freestyle relay.
Saturday, she came back and won the 200 individual medley and 200 backstroke in a 58-37 loss to Ursinus.
Senior Mike Jekogian and junior Paul Matkovic had two wins each as the Western Maryland men (4-6) defeated Ursinus, 59-34, on Saturday.