LANCASTER, Pa. – Dickinson shot 10-of-15 from the floor in the first quarter to take a 22-8 lead over Franklin & Marshall, and never looked back en route to a 62-39 victory over the Diplomats on Wednesday night in Centennial Conference women's basketball. F&M fell to 7-8, 5-5 CC with the defeat, while the Red Devils moved to 11-4, 8-2.
Dickinson entered the night atop the CC standings, and showed why in the first quarter, making 66 percent of their shots and forcing F&M to shoot just 12 percent from the field. An early 7-0 run opened an 11-2 lead for the visitors, before another 7-2 run from the Red Devils put the Diplomats in a 22-8 hole after one.
The second quarter saw Dickinson score the first 10 points before a jumper from Sarah Haddon stopped the run. Kristin Hamill added a basket with 2:29 remaining in the period, but at halftime F&M trailed 34-12.
The deficit would grow as large as 30 before five points from Erica Brown and a three from Haley Pilone gave the Diplomats an eight-point run. However, the last nine points of the quarter went to the Red Devils, giving them a 51-20 advantage entering the fourth.
Pilone started the fourth with a three and Haddon, Brown, and Sarosha Parsons all tallied four points in the fourth as F&M outscored Dickinson 19-11 in the quarter. The deficit proved to be too great, and the Red Devils eased to the 62-39 victory.
Haddon earned her fourth double-double of the season with team highs in points (10) and rebounds (10). Brown chipped in nine points in the effort.
The Diplomats look to rebound on Saturday, hosting Haverford in a CC showdown at 1:00 p.m.