CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Washington used a late run in the final three minutes to knock off Franklin & Marshall 52-45 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action Saturday afternoon. The Diplomats fell to 3-10, 1-5 CC, while the Shorewomen improved to 4-8, 3-3 CC.
With 17:34 remaining in the contest, Washington's Latisha Pledger sank two free throws to put the Shorewomen ahead 30-23. F&M countered with a 9-2 run over the next three minutes, which was capped off by a Kristina McCarthy layup and free throw, to tie the game at 32 with 14:49 left to play.
The teams went back and forth over the next 10 minutes as Washington led 45-42 with 3:46 to go in the contest. The Shorewomen scored the next seven points to go up 52-42 with 36 seconds remaining and put the game out of reach.
In the first half, Washington jumped out to a 15-8 lead at 10:43, but two consecutive layups from McCarthy and Kara Bacile brought the Diplomats within three at 15-12 with 8:12 left in the first half.
From there, the Shorewomen used an 11-6 spurt to go ahead 26-18 with 2:31 to go. With 19 seconds left, Sarah Haddon was fouled on a layup that she drained. Haddon connected on the free throw to bring F&M within five, 28-23, at the break.
McCarthy paced the Diplomats with a game-high 21 points and 10 rebounds to notch her fifth straight double-double. Sarah Haddon added 11 points, while Bacile chipped in six.
Pledger led Washington with 11 points, while Emily Hubley tallied 10.
F&M shot 28.8 percent from the field, while the Washington shot 45.5 percent.
F&M returns to the court Tuesday when the Diplomats travel to Allentown to take on Muhlenberg. The game is set to begin at 6:00 p.m.