Early Dominance Carries Muhlenberg Past F&M

CARLISLE, Pa. – Muhlenberg finished the first quarter on a 14-1 run, and never allowed Franklin & Marshall any closer as the Diplomats dropped a 79-47 decision to the Mules on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball. F&M fell to 8-12, 6-9 CC with the defeat, while Muhlenberg improved to 15-6, 12-4. 

A low-scoring first few minutes kept the score down early on, as Sarosha Parsons and Kristin Hamill both recorded baskets for F&M to make the score 5-5 after four minutes of action. However, seven straight points from Muhlenberg's Brandi Vallely kickstarted a 14-1 run for the Mules that turned into a 19-6 lead after one period.

The hosts carried that momentum into the second, scoring the first 11 points of the quarter and leading by as much as 24 before a three from Anajha Burnett stemmed the tide with 5:24 left in the half. Burnett added two more baskets before the half, but at the break Muhlenberg held a 40-17 advantage.

The Mules did not let up in the third, outscoring the Diplomats 21-11 in the frame and taking a 33-point lead into the fourth.

F&M got a three from Haley Pilone to start the fourth quarter, eventually outscoring the Mules 19-18 in the stanza. Six different players scored for the Diplomats, but Muhlenberg nonetheless coasted to the 79-47 victory.

Sarah Haddon made 9-of-14 free throws to lead the Diplomats with 11 points, while Burnett also added a season-high 11 points in just 18 minutes. Hamill added eight points and a team-high seven rebounds on the night.

F&M will look to get back on track this Tuesday, hosting Johns Hopkins at 7:30 p.m.