Greyhound women's basketball stopped by Franklin Pierce, 67-52, in Northeast-10 Conference actionJanuary 20, 2009
Franklin Pierce 67, Assumption 52
RINDGE, NH --- Franklin Pierce University, among other teams receiving votes in this week's USA Today/ESPN/WBCA Division II poll, used a big first half to win its seventh straight in a 67-52 decision over Assumption College in a key Northeast-10 Conference women's basketball matchup here TUESDAY night.
Franklin Pierce, which has now won nine of its last ten, was again led by the sister combination of JENNIFER and JOHANNAH LEEDHAM (Ellesmere Port, England/Cheshire Academy) who combined for 44 points. Junior all-American and English International Team standout Johannah, the reigning State Farm/WBCA Division II Player of-the-Year, led all scorers with 25 points (16 in the first half) to go with 10 rebounds for her third double-double of the season, adding five steals and two assists. Senior Jennifer added 19 points (11 in the first half), six assists, four rebounds and two steals.
Senior guard/captain BETHANY PLASSKI (Fall River, MA/Durfee) led a trio of Greyhounds in double-figures with 14 points on seven-of-13 shooting from the field to go with six rebounds and two assists. Junior forward KAYLA PARKER (Sanford, ME/Sanford) added 13 points as she connected on five-of-even from the field, including her lone three-point attempt, four rebounds and four blocked shots. Sophomore forward MOLLY GRIFFITH (Walpole, MA/Ursuline) finished with 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
Griffiths opened the game with a three-pointer, but it was all Franklin Pierce from there in the first half. The Ravens reeled off the next 12 points, sparked by two three's from Jennifer Leedham, as part of a 15-2 run to push the lead into double-digits (15-5) with 14:24 to go.
Assumption is now 10-7 overall and 8-5 in the conference and opens a three-game homestand Saturday with Le Moyne College at 1:30 p.m. Franklin Pierce (13-4 and 10-3) is back in action Saturday when it visits UMass Lowell at 2 p.m.