January 12, 2013

FRANKLIN PIERCE USES HOT START EN ROUTE TO 67-41 WIN OVER WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Rindge, N.H. – Kara Charette tallied 19 points to lead Franklin Pierce University to a 67-41 win over the Le Moyne College women's basketball team on Saturday afternoon in Northeast-10 Conference action at The FPU Fieldhouse.

Sophomore forward Tessa Pucello (Syracuse, N.Y./Solvay) led the Dolphins with a career-high 14 points off the bench.

 

Charette made eight of her 10 shots en route to her game-high point total, while adding four rebounds. Brittany Martelle came off the bench to score 13 points, while Dyamond Gardner posted 11 points, a game-best 13 rebounds and four assists. Kate McDonald scored eight points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out seven assists.


The Ravens scored the game's first nine points and 33 of the first 38 over the opening 14:38. Charette tallied nine of the 33 points, while Martelle and Tiffany Johnson scored seven points and Gardner added a pair of three-pointers.

The Dolphins recorded 12 of the final 13 points of the half to pull within 34-17 at the intermission. Sophomore forward Emily Greer (Corry, Pa./Corry) started the run with a put-back lay-up, senior guard Torie Lee (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) followed with a coast-to-coast lay-up and then Pucello tallied eight straight points on two three-pointers and a put-back lay-up.

Franklin Pierce opened the second half with a 16-2 run over the first 4:44. Charette led the streak with 10 points, while Brooke Long and Gardner each nailed three-pointers.

After Gardner connected on another three-pointer with 11:30 left to give the Ravens their largest lead of the game, the Dolphins tallied 17 of the next 24 points to trim their deficit to 62-39 with 4:43 to go. Six Dolphins scored in the span, led by four points apiece from junior guard Raven Short (Sterling, Va./Potomac Falls) and sophomore guard Maddie Hahesy (Erie, Pa./McDowell).

Following a lay-up by Caitlin Hopkins and a three-pointer by Martelle, Pucello finished off the game's scoring with a lay-up with 26 seconds left.

Le Moyne (4-9, 2-7 NE-10) returns to the court on Tuesday at Merrimack at 5:30 p.m.