LANCASTER, Pa. – Ursinus went up on Franklin & Marshall early in the first quarter, and never looked back on the way to a 53-35 win over the Diplomats on Wednesday night in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball. F&M fell to 8-11, 6-8 CC with the defeat, while the Bears improved to 11-10, 9-7.
A slow opening saw both teams struggle to score, as a three from Haley Pilone with 5:49 left in the opening quarter made the score 6-5 in favor of Ursinus. The Bears went on to score the game's next eight points in two minutes of action to carry a 14-6 lead into the first intermission. Ursinus' Lydia Konstanzer totaled seven points in the frame as the visitors took control.
A layup from Sarah Haddon to start the second cut the deficit to 14-8, but another 7-0 run expanded the Bears' lead to 21-8 with 4:57 left in the half. Kristin Hamill scored the last basket of the half for either team, but at halftime Ursinus led 23-12.
Five points from Erica Brown paced F&M at halftime, while Konstanzer led all scorers with nine after two quarters.
An early burst saw the Bears extend their lead to as much as 16 midway through the third. However, a 10-0 response from the Diplomats, fueled by threes from Pilone and Ashlyn Petersen, cut the Ursinus lead to 32-26. Still, the visitors managed to stem the tide and finish the quarter on an 8-1 run for a 40-27 advantage after three.
F&M was unable to respond again in the fourth, never getting closer than 11 and trailing by as much as 18. Six points in the frame from Brown went wasted as the Diplomats fell 53-35.
Brown tied the game high and led the Diplomats with 15 points on the night. Hamill grabbed a team-high 11 boards to go along with five points to help F&M.
The Diplomats return to conference play on Saturday, travelling to Allentown to battle Muhlenberg in another CC showdown.