LANCASTER, Pa. – Haverford scored the first six points of the third quarter and retained a slim lead for the remainder of the second half on Saturday afternoon, outlasting Franklin & Marshall 56-49 in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball. The Diplomats fell to 7-9, 5-6 CC with the defeat, while the Fords improved to 12-4, 9-2.
F&M held a slim two-point lead at halftime, 22-20, but the deficit was quickly negated as Haverford got four points each from Samantha Wetzel and Sierra Berkel for an 8-1 run and a 28-23 lead at 6:31 in the third. The Diplomats cut the lead to two, 31-29, when Sarosha Parsons scored with 3:00 left, but after three quarters the Fords led 36-31.
A three from Ashlyn Petersen, one of her five on the night, cut the deficit to 38-34 with 8:46 left in the fourth, but F&M got no closer as a short 6-1 run from Haverford returned the deficit to nine. Petersen drained two more triples in the remaining minutes as the Diplomats stayed within ten, but the Ford lead never went below five as the visitors held on for the 56-49 win.
The back-and-forth action started in the first quarter, with four points from Erica Brown and a three from Parsons giving F&M a 7-5 edge. Haverford responded with eight straight points for a 13-7 advantage, only to have the Diplomats cut the lead to 15-12 after a bucket from Kristin Hamill and a three from Petersen.
F&M carried that momentum into the second, getting a three-point play from Sarah Haddon and another triple from Petersen for an 18-15 lead. Two free throws from Brown late in the half gave the Diplomats the two-point edge at halftime, as the hosts held Haverford to a 2-for-13 shooting performance in the quarter.
Petersen went 5-of-11 from behind the arc for a career- and game-high 17 points off the bench. Hamill finished with nine as F&M got 26 bench points on the day.
The Diplomats return to action on Tuesday, visiting Swarthmore at 7:00 p.m.