HAVERFORD, Pa. – A strong second half from Haverford proved to be too much for Franklin & Marshall on Thursday night in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball, denying the Diplomats a second consecutive conference victory by a 59-39 score. F&M fell to 1-4, 1-2 CC with the defeat, while the Fords improved to 3-3, 2-1.
Down 25-24 at halftime, the Diplomats struggled out of the gate as Haverford scored eight of the first 11 points in the half for a 33-27 lead. Two free throws from Sarah Haddon and a jumper from Sarosha Parsons kept it close a 36-31 with 4:56 left in the third, but F&M would not score again as the Fords went on an 11-0 run to end the quarter with a 47-31 advantage.
A three from Alex Kane stopped the run early in the third, but it was too late for the Diplomats as Haverford claimed the 59-39 victory.
The Fords' momentum was not apparent in the first half, beginning in the first quarter when F&M got five points from Haley Pilone to take a 9-2 lead. The Diplomats took an 11-10 lead into the first intermission, and continued to lead in the second after a pair of jumpers from Haddon and a triple from Pilone gave the visitors an 18-15 edge with 6:11 remaining in the half. Hotly contested action in the remaining minutes gave the Fords a one-point lead entering halftime, with the game still squarely in the balance.
Pilone was the only Diplomat to reach double digits on the night, finishing with 10 points. Parsons added eight in addition to five rebounds, while Haddon tallied six to go along with a team-high seven boards.
All team stats finished relatively close between the teams, with the only notable difference in shooting percentage, where the Fords finished at 42.3% (22-52) while F&M finished at 24.5% (13-53).
The Diplomats look to get back on track on Saturday, hosting Bryn Mawr for a CC showdown at 1:00 p.m.