Women's Basketball falls short against Franklin Pierce, 75-72
Franklin Pierce 75, Assumption 72
WORCESTER, Mass. --- The Ravens of Franklin Pierce University defeated the Greyhounds of Assumption College, 75-72 WEDNESDAY evening here at the Laska Gym. Junior Forward MARIELLE GIROUD (Martigny, Switzerland/St. Maurice) had 17 points and 18 rebounds for Franklin Pierce, and junior center JEWEL WHITE (Worcester, MA/Doherty Memorial) scored 18 points with seven rebounds and two blocks. Freshman guard BROOKE CODERRE (Woonsocket, RI/Woonsocket) came off the bench to score 18 points with seven rebounds.
Assumption was led by junior forward KELLY MEREDITH (Franklin, MA/Franklin) who had 17 points, shooting eight of sixteen from the field. Senior guard MOLLY GRIFFITHS (Walpole, MA/Ursuline Academy) had 13 points, 13 rebounds and five assists. Sophomore point guard KATY HOWARD (Medway, MA/Medway) had an impressive all-around game, with eight points, a career-high 12 assists and six rebounds. Sophomore guard GABRIELLE GIBSON (Amityville, NY/Copiague) had 12 points.
Assumption got off to a quick start, outscoring Franklin Pierce 11-2 in the first four minutes. They took a ten point lead off a Griffiths three-pointer with 13:54 left in the first period, 17-7. But from there, the Ravens would rally, taking a two point lead into halftime after a Giroud free throw, 36-38. Assumption started strong in the second half taking a six point lead on a layup by Howards, but could not retain the momentum. The two teams exchanged leads throughout the period, but a three pointer by Coderre with 34 seconds remaining was the dagger for the Greyhounds, giving the Ravens a 74-70 lead.
Free throws doomed Assumption throughout the night. The Ravens were 10 of 12 from the line in the first half, while the Greyhounds did not take a free throw in the game until 5:55 remaining in the second half. They were the only Assumption free throws of the game.
The Greyhounds now fall to 11-5 with a 9-3 record in the Northeast 10. They play their next game this Saturday at Saint Michael’s. The Ravens climb to 13-5 with a 9-3 conference record, and host American International this Saturday.