BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – The Franciscan women's basketball returned to the hardwood after a short break for the Christmas holiday and suffered an 89-56 loss to Geneva, Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Tornadoes opened the first quarter with an 8-0 run over the first 1:13 forcing the Lady Barons to call their first time. Freshman Kaitlyn Sonneberger got the ball out of the time out and got the FUS on the board with a jumper at 8:26. Geneva answered with a three-pointer to push its lead back to eight before a pair of free throws from Sarah Schriner cut the lead back down to seven, 11-4. The Lady Barons and Geneva were even for the next five minutes, but the Golden Tornadoes pulled away with a 13-8 run to close out the first quarter with a 30-18 lead.
The Golden Tornadoes maintained their 12-point lead for the first three minutes of the second until pulling away with a 6-0 run to take their largest lead of the game, 39-22. The Lady Barons would not cut down the 17 point lead for the rest of the first half.
Freshman Abby Bairel hit a three to open the third and junior Anna Ames made a layup to cut the deficit back to 12, 43-31, 1:10 into the third quarter. Sophomore Raegan Stead hit the tail end of a trip to the free throw line before Geneva used a seven-point run to push the lead back to 18, 50-32. The Golden Tornadoes continued to build on their lead and closed out the third with a 59-35 lead with 10 minutes to play.
Franciscan mounted a comeback in the fourth but could not overcome Geneva's lead despite 21 points in the final quarter. Stead scored 10 of the Lady Barons' points in the quarter and freshman Cianna Vaughan chipped in six.
Stead lead the Lady Barons with 15 points while Bairel chipped in 12. Ames led Franciscan with 10 rebounds.
The Lady Barons out-bounded the Golden Tornadoes 44-40, 19 offensive boards.
Franciscan returns to conference action on Wednesday as FUS travels to Pitt.-Greensburg for a 6pm AMCC tipoff.