LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall women's basketball is aiming high in 2016-17 after returning five starters and nine contributors from last season's squad that posted a 6-19 record. Last year marked a second consecutive campaign that the team improved its win total from the previous year, and this season the Diplomats look to return to the Centennial Conference (CC) Playoffs for the first time since 2011-12.
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F&M returns a roster loaded with experience after losing just one senior, Emily Wetz, who missed her final season due to injury. The large corps of returners is joined by a six-member freshman class that is expected to contribute immediately.
F – Sarah Haddon, Sr.
G – Anajha Burnett, Jr.
F – Erica Brown, Jr.
G – Haley Pilone, So.
Haddon returns for her senior year after just missing out on averaging a double-double last year, finishing the season at 10.8 points per game and with 9.0 rebounds per game (good for third in the CC).
Burnett is back for her junior campaign, bringing her 11.2 points per game average from 2015-16. As a sophomore, the Ewing, N.J. native reached 20 points on three occasions, including a 27-point outburst on Nov. 17 against York.
Brown was one of four players to average double figures for the Diplomats, notching 10.9 points per game last year to go along with 7.6 boards per game.
Pilone looks to build on a strong freshman season that saw her average 11.9 points per game, the second-highest average among first-year players in the conference.
After the Terry Greene Tip-Off Classic on Saturday and Sunday, the Diplomats get an early start on CC play by hosting Gettysburg on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 6:00 p.m.
Bryn Mawr comes to town on Dec. 3 for the only home CC contest in December, with games against NYU and Randolph-Macon (Dec. 30 and 31, respectively) finishing out the calendar year.
Conference play kicks back up in January, highlighted by a 1:00 p.m. matchup with Haverford on Alumnae Day. The regular season comes to a close a month later when Swarthmore visits the Mayser Center on Feb. 18.
The first round of the Centennial Conference Tournament is scheduled for Wed., Feb 22, with the semifinals and final scheduled for Feb. 24-25.
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