Diplomats Dispatch Gophers to Consolation Game

Diplomats Dispatch Gophers to Consolation Game

Mitchell Grabs Game-High 11 Rebounds in 69-40 Setback

LANCASTER, Pa. — Goucher will take on Brooklyn in the consolation game of the 2009 Terry Greene Memorial Tournament after bowing to Franklin & Marshall, 69-40, this afternoon in the opening round.

The Gophers, who never led the entire contest, managed to score points on only two of their first 13 possessions as the Diplomats (1-0) needed less than seven minutes to open up a 13-4 advantage. Goucher's deficit reached double figures for the first time when Alexa Barbush knocked down a pair of free throws with 6:09 left to play before halftime, making the score 25-14.

The two teams left the court at halftime separated by 18 points (37-19).

F&M's lead throughout the final 20:00 fluctuated between 16 and 30 points.

Beth Holt supplied the Diplomats with 20 points. The leading scorers for Goucher (1-2) were Amber Smith (Baltimore, Md./Institute of Notre Dame) and Kelsey Myette (Binghamton, N.Y./Seton Catholic Central) with eight points apiece.

Although F&M finished with a 48-42 edge in rebounds, freshman forward Victoria Mitchell (Baltimore, Md./Baltimore City College) of the Gophers hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds.

Brooklyn lost to Elizabethtown, 83-62, in today's other first-round contest.