WHITTIER, Calif. – The Franklin & Marshall women's basketball team had a game-tying jumper blocked on its final possession, falling to Pacific Union in a 53-51 contest on Monday night in the Purple and Gold Poet Classic. The Diplomats fell to 3-7, while the Pioneers improved to 5-10.
F&M was down 51-47 with 1:34 to go in the contest before a Sarah Haddon layup brought the Diplomats within two at 51-49 with 1:22 left in the game. Under a minute later, F&M tied the game at 51 when Kristina McCarthy made a layup with 32 seconds left.
Eight seconds later, Pacific Union's London Robinson connected on a jump shot to put the Pioneers ahead by two points at 53-51.
F&M brought the ball up the court and called a timeout with 10 seconds remaining in the contest.
Out of the timeout, Hannah Rose Nussbaum had an opportunity to tie the game for the Diplomats with a jumper, but Pacific Union's Lidia Rivas blocked the shot, preserving the two-point victory.
The contest was close early as F&M had a 10-6 lead with 12:45 to go in the first, but Pacific Union responded with a 10-0 run to go up 16-10 with 9:10 remaining in the opening half. The Diplomats kept the contest close for the remainder of the first as the Pioneers held a three-point lead at 24-21 at the end of the first half.
Pacific Union held the advantage throughout the second half on its way to the two-point victory.
McCarthy led all scorers with a career-high 22 points, while adding 17 rebounds, notching her fourth double-double of the season. Nussbaum added 10 points for the Diplomats, while Sarah Haddon chipped in eight.
Rivas led the Pioneers with 14 points, while Amber Washington tallied 13.
F&M shot 31 percent from the floor, while Pacific Union shot 35.5 percent. The Diplomats outrebounded the Pioneers 47-36.
The Diplomats return to the court Saturday when F&M travels to Connecticut to battle Wesleyan. Game time is set for 3:00 p.m.